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.
Research Campus Babelsberg
On the Babelsberg campus of the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP), you can take a journey through the history of astronomy from the beginning of the last century in just a few steps. In 1913, today's Humboldthaus became the new home of the Berlin Observatory, which moved from the ever-growing city to the then undisturbed Babelsberg night sky.
eROSITA detects regular X-ray flashes from the vicinity of black holes
The all-sky survey with the X-ray telescope eROSITA identified strong, regularly recurring bursts of brightness in two previously completely unremarkable galaxies.
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.
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.
Two AIP researchers receive ERC Advanced Grants
The European Research Council (ERC) has awarded two professors at the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) each with one of the world's most prestigious awards for established researchers, the ERC Advanced Grant – an exceptional success. Grantees Professor Lutz Wisotzki and Professor Christoph Pfrommer both aim at improving our understanding of galaxy formation.
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