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.
Science Year 2023 - Our Universe
In the course of the Science Year 2023, the AIP will actively participate in various events and formats. A kick-off event will take place on 25th January, 4:30 pm in Berlin. It is possible to participate via livestream.
New instrument analyses the heart of a galaxy group
A new instrument, WEAVE, at the William Herschel Telescope on La Palma, an island of the Canaries, has seen first light. It analysed the light of a pair of galaxies 280 million light years away from Earth. The Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) is one of the project's partners and AIP scientists will get access to its excellent data.
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.
Again excellent evaluation results for the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP)
“Excellent and visible internationally”: The AIP receives all-around positive feedback in its evaluation, an independent assessment of all Leibniz institutions repeated regularly.
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