Potsdam Astrophysical Summer School

Potsdam Astrophysical Summer School 2016

“Quantitative Spectroscopy in Astrophysics”

(Foto: AIP)

Spectroscopy is a universal tool used in modern Astrophysics, from solar physics to the high-redshift Universe. Essential for the study of most astrophysical phenomena, uses of spectroscopy are manifold:

  • Solar physics: probing solar activity
  • Stellar physics: characterizing stellar parameters, the ambient medium, stellar activity and evolution
  • Interstellar and intergalactic medium: understanding the composition by emission and absorption processes
  • Galaxies and their kinematics: studying the evolution of the Milky Way and the Universe on cosmological scales
  • Exoplanets: unveiling their atmospheres
  • … and many more

There have been enormous spectroscopic technical developments in recent years, which come along with extreme high-resolution both spatially and spectrally. New integral-field spectrographs like MUSE offer fantastic possibilities by coupling the discovery potential of an imaging device to the measuring capabilities of a spectrograph. Further instrumental developments include spectro-polarimeters, multi-object spectrographs, and fibre-fed spectrographs.

The Leibniz Graduate School for Quantitative Spectroscopy will host
the Potsdam Astrophysical Summer School at the

Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) from June 20th to 24th, 2016.

Invited are interested graduate students in Physics or Astrophysics to join a week of lectures and hands-on exercises given by experienced scientists in their fields from the AIP and the University of Potsdam.

Roland Bacon will give a highlight talk about the newest developments in integral-field spectroscopy.

Participants will get an insight into state-of-the-art research via the recent progress in quantitative spectroscopy both in theoretical methods and observational techniques. No matter which field you are interested in, learning the techniques to extract information from spectra and couple this information with dedicated models to gain quantitative insights is vital to start a scientific career in modern Astrophysics.

Important Dates:

February 15th, 2016 1. Announcement and registration opens
March 31st, 2016 Registration closes
May 2nd, 2016 2. Announcement
June 20th-24th, 2016 Summer School


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).