Potsdam Astrophysical Summer School at AIP

20 June 2016. Today, the one-week summer school "Quantitative Spectroscopy in Astrophysics" begins at the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP). The school is targeted at graduate students interested in physics or astrophysics who applied to participate in the programme beforehand. The students will gain insights into state-of-the-art research and recent technological developments.

About 30 international participants will take part in an intense programme of lectures and practical exercises, given by experienced scientists from the AIP and the University of Potsdam. This year, the "Potsdam Astrophysical Summer School" is hosted by the Leibniz Graduate School for Quantitative Spectroscopy.

Spectroscopy is an essential and universal tool used in observational astrophysics, spanning topics from solar physics to cosmology. In recent years, enormous technological progress has been made in the field of spectroscopy, paving the way for a new generation of instruments capable of extremely high-resolution spatial and energy measurements. New instruments like the MUSE instrument at the Very Large Telescope (VLT) in Chile, to which AIP contributed, offer fantastic possibilities by coupling the discovery potential of an imaging device with the measuring capabilities of a spectrograph. Further, new technological developments include spectro-polarimeters, multi-object spectrographs, and fibre-fed spectrographs.

The Leibniz Graduate School for Quantitative Spectroscopy in Astrophysics is a collaborative project of the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) and the Institute of Physics and Astronomy of the University of Potsdam (UP).


More Information:


Science contact: Apl. Prof. Dr. Carsten Denker, +49 331 7499-297, cdenker@aip.de

Media contact: Kerstin Mork , +49 331 7499-803, presse@aip.de


The key topics of the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) are cosmic magnetic fields and extragalactic astrophysics. A considerable part of the institute's efforts aim at the development of research technology in the fields of spectroscopy, robotic telescopes, and e-science. The AIP is the successor of the Berlin Observatory founded in 1700 and of the Astrophysical Observatory of Potsdam founded in 1874. The latter was the world's first observatory to emphasize explicitly the research area of astrophysics. Since 1992 the AIP is a member of the Leibniz Association.