At the Division of Astrophysics, we continue the long legacy of Lund researchers who have worked on understanding the dynamics and the constituents of the Milky Way. We honour this legacy by actively pursuing the current questions at the cutting edge of astrophysical research, namely the formation and evolution of galaxies, stars and exoplanets.
The research at the Division of Astrophysics is driven by the curiosity of individual researchers with their own local, national and international networks. Our current research aims at exploring the constituents of the Milky Way, from an evolutionary, chemical, and dynamical point of view, and embedding our understanding of them in a cosmological context. The study of exoplanets is an emerging and exciting dimension of this enterprise.
Central to understanding the Milky Way is the European Space Agency's (ESA) Gaia mission. We have been heavily engaged in Gaia from its beginning, and is still playing a key role in the success of this revolutionary space mission.
The development of advanced numerical models and programs, including increasingly more advanced physics, gives us the ability to reconcile galactic and stellar physics over a wide range of spatial scales and time scales.
Exoplanet observations and characterisation, with the ultimate goal of understanding exoplanetary atmospheres, and even search for signatures of habitability, is an exciting new addition to our toolbox for understanding our galaxy and its components.