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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, our research has broadened into its current program.

Theme: Origins of Life

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.

Theme: High-Energy Astrophysics

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.