Two Research Themes
Research at the institute is evolving in a highly dynamic fashion. Our researchers follow, or define, the cutting edges of astronomy. From roots in (binary) stellar astrophysics and X-ray astronomy in the 1970's and 80's, research has broadened into its current program.
Theme: Origins of Life
Stellar astrophysics has always been a strong focus of the institute. Now it is part of a broader theme: the Origins of Life. This theme includes the formation and evolution of stars and planetary systems, as well as the detailed characterization of exoplanets, with emphasis on their atmospheres.
Theme: High-Energy Astrophysics
Over the years, X-ray astronomy has broadened into high-energy astrophysics. This theme focuses on the study of relativistic compact objects and the energetic phenomena and space-time physics surrounding them.