The Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) is dedicated to astrophysical questions ranging from the exploration of our Sun to the evolution of the cosmos. It focuses on the study of cosmic magnetic fields, extragalactic astrophysics and the development of research technologies in the fields of spectroscopy, robotic telescopes and E-science.
Wolfram Rosenbach new Administrative Chairman of the AIP board
On 1 March 2021, Wolfram Rosenbach will start as the new administrative chairman at the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP), assuming responsibility for all administrative matters of the institute.
Virtual Babelsberg Starry Night
The next lecture of the virtual Babelsberg Starry Nights of the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) is online since Thursday, 18 February 2021 on the YouTube channel "Urknall, Weltall und das Leben". Please note that the lecture will be given in German.
Book a Scientist – Digital event of the Leibniz association on 18 March
Speeddating with scientists – including the AIP! "Book a Scientist" gives you the chance to talk to an expert from the Leibniz Association for 25 minutes and ask everything you've always wanted to know about your favourite topic. English speakers also welcome!
Research Area I: Cosmic Magnetic Fields
Cosmic events are determined by two natural forces: gravity and magnetic fields. The magnetic field research at the AIP is mainly focused on magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) simulations, the magnetically induced activities on the Sun and the stars, solar coronaphysics as well as space weather in our solar system and on planets around other stars.
Research Area II: Extragalactic Astrophysics
Galaxies are fundamental cosmic building blocks. At the largest scales, they serve as markers to study the distribution of matter in the universe - active galaxies and quasars are particularly important because of their intrinsic brightness. Nearby objects can be spatially resolved and consist of populations with very different patterns of motion, star formation histories and chemical abundances.
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