Research Program

Solar research in Germany started in 1874 when the Astrophysical Observatory Potsdam (AOP) was established. Half a century later the Einstein Tower was inaugurated in 1924 as the first tower telescope in Europe. Since that time Potsdam astrophysicists have at their disposal a powerful solar research facility, including an efficient spectrograph which was one of the greatest equipments of that time. Nowadays, solar research is carried with the German solar telescopes at Observatorio del Teide, Tenerife, Spain. The ground-based solar observations are complemented by data from space provided by the Solar Heliospheric Observatory (SoHO), the Transition Region and Coronal Explorer (TRACE), the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO), and the Japanese Hinode mission.