Research at API is organized, scientifically and practically, into two sections :
High-energy astrophysics (HEA)
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.
Origins of Life (ORI)
This theme includes the formation and evolution of stars, including massive stars, and planetary systems, as well as the detailed characterization of exoplanets, with emphasis on their atmospheres.
Funding and organization
Despite ORI researchers mostly aligning with the NOVA network 2 and HEA researchers mostly aligning with NOVA network 3, this does not translate to independently governed sub-units. However, there is an impact on how funding streams and external collaborations are organised.
Both of these branches of API research also have interdisciplinary collaborations :
-HEA with GRAPPA and the Dutch astroparticle community, and
-ORI with the broader National and Amsterdam Origins of Life initiatives
These two initiatives were also drivers for, and thus fit very well into, the National Science Agenda through two key ‘routes’:
-Route 2 on the Fundamental building blocks of space, time, and matter
- Route 15 on the Origins of life on Earth and in the Universe.
These routes are intended to lead to more focus of science into certain broad interdisciplinary areas, and some NWO funding calls are organised around them.