There are three research units in the division: Galactic Astronomy, Extragalactic Astronomy and Plasma Physics and Fusion Energy.
Our research covers a wide range of topics from planetary atmospheres, through the early evolution of stars and planets, to late stages of stellar evolution, the physics and chemistry of interstellar and intergalactic matter, the structure and evolution of galaxies, and cosmology. We carry out observations both at radio frequencies and in other parts of the spectrum. We do theoretical research and develop numerical simulations and models of complex systems like galaxies and gas clouds and help to develop future telescopes on the ground and in space. Although our work both drives and benefits from state-of-the-art sensors, our principal motivation is fundamental curiosity about our universe.
Head of Division