The astrophysics division studies physical processes in stars, galaxies, galaxy clusters and the universe as a whole, as well as doing research and development of instrumentation that can be used to observe these objects.
Research is concentrated in three main areas:
- Understanding the large-scale structure of the universe, including the creation of galaxies and galaxy clusters.
- Understanding the physical conditions and processes in and around neutron stars and black holes.
- Technological development of x-ray and gamma-ray detectors and instruments, as well as mechanical structures for use in space-based observatories.
A selection of our current research projects
INTEGRAL: X-ray images of the universe
DTU Space led the team that designed and built two x-ray telescopes on the European INTEGRAL satellite. These instruments detect x-rays from deep space including supernova explosions, black hole environments and neutron stars. Investigation of this high-energy radiation gives researchers a glimpse into the universe that can't be seen with the naked eye. The two telescopes can also pinpoint the position of gamma-ray bursts, extremely violent cosmic explosions, the origins of which are still hotly debated. Read more here ...
Planck: Light from the creation of the universe
Since August 2009 the European Planck Surveyor Satellite has been mapping the cosmic microwave background (CMB) in unprecedented details. This radiation originated from a time 380,000 years after the Big Bang and contains the answers to many of the fundamental questions we have about the universe, for example, its age, its size and its eventual fate. DTU Space has designed the big mirror-system that capture and focus the first light of Universe. Read more here ...
NuSTAR: The first satellite with focussing high-energy x-ray optics
In June 2012 NASA launched the first ever satellite observatory with a focussing mirror system designed for high-energy x-rays. DTU Space has developed the high-energy focussing technique that will be used during this mission to make images of selected areas of the sky, e.g. near black holes, powerful sources in active galaxies and supernova remnants. Read more here ...
Head of division Allan Hornstrup