Astronomy and Plasma Physics

We want to understand how stars and planets are formed and die, how cosmic dust is formed and grows, and how exoplanetary systems can be characterised. On a wider scale, we strive to understand how galaxies, galaxy clusters and black holes develop.

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 at most wavelengths, focusing on radio and infrared wavelengths. We do theoretical research and develop numerical simulations and models of complex systems like galaxies and gas clouds. We also help to develop future telescopes on the ground and in space.

We also provide theoretical support for global efforts to realise thermal fusion energy as a clean, safe and sustainable energy source. In this connection, we study plasma turbulence and plasma transfer, the energy-rich particle physics of burning fusion plasma and magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) stability.

The main motivators of our work are curiosity about how the Universe evolves, promotion of education and science as a crucial part of modern society, and drive to educate and inspire the next generation of scientists.