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, our research has broadened into its current program.
Stellar astrophysics has always been a strong focus of our 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.
Over the years, X-ray astronomy has been complemented with other short wavelengths into the broader field of high-energy astrophysics. This field focuses on the study of relativistic compact objects, their energetic phenomena and space-time physics surrounding them.