Research of the Radboud University Department of Astrophysics is concentrating on the subject of high-energy astrophysics. The Universe forms a physics laboratory, in which events take place which cannot be recreated here on Earth and which are settled at the edge or even beyond the edge of our knowledge of physics.
Exploring this edge and understanding how highly energetic astrophysical phenomena are caused and affect their surroundings is the main objective of the research at Radboud. This research is observational as well as theoretical and is conducted in close cooperation with the departments of Experimental (EHEF) and Theoretical high energy physics (THEF) at Radboud University and the National Institute for Nuclear Physics and High Energy Physics (NIKHEF) as well as with the National Research institutes for radio astronomy (ASTRON) and space research (SRON).
The Department of Astrophysics is part of NOVA: the Dutch Research School for Astronomy, which is a collaboration between the astrophysics institutes of the universities of Amsterdam (UvA), Leiden (UL), Groningen (RuG) and Nijmegen (RU).
Our research topics can be summarised in the following three research topics:
The physics of compact objects
The department of astrophysics is working on the physics and signatures of black holes and neutron stars themselves. Compact object are typically revealed through accretion, the accumulation of matter on the compact object. We are studying these accretion flows and their associated jets together with their interaction with their environment.
Astroparticle physics and gravitational waves
Astroparticle physics straddles the border between astronomy and particle physics and is a very diverse field that is undergoing rapid growth. The Department is active in various topics, especially in the field of graviational waves and ultra-high energetic cosmic rays.
Events in the Universe are never isolated, but occur in a galactic setting, where objects form, evolve and collide/merge and where radiation is emitted and propagates through. To understand extreme physics it is imperative to also understand the Galactic ecology.
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