Laboratory of Astrophysics
The Laboratory of Astrophysics (LASTRO) at the EPFL covers a wide range of complementary expertise, with a focus on advanced research and high-quality education of the next generation of astronomers.
With a presence at two locations, the EPFL campus in Lausanne and the Astronomical Observatory at Sauverny near Geneva, the research team at LASTRO takes a leading role in various international consortiums and projects focused on extragalactic astrophysics and observational cosmology.
EPFL joins the giant radio telescope SKA for the Swiss community
The Square Kilometre Array, or SKA, will be the biggest radio telescope ever built. Thanks to this ambitious tool, some of the universe’s greatest mysteries will be resolved. EPFL became a member of the SKA Organisation (SKAO) beginning of April 2020 and will coordinate the contributions to this project on behalf of the Swiss academic community.
Using gravitational lensing to measure the Hubble Constant
The EPFL Laboratory of Astrophysics (LASTRO) is involved in an international research project to measure the Hubble constant, also known as the expansion rate of the Universe. The methods rely on gravitational lenses and the measurement of time delays between multiple images of quasars that are billions of light years away. One such recent image (…)
New technique to survey Milky Way aims to unlock mysteries of early Galaxy formation
Researchers at EPFL’s Laboratory of Astrophysics are part of an international consortium of scientists that have designed a new method of conducting an exhaustive view of the oldest and most metal-poor stars in the Milky-WayThe science of observational cosmology involves the study of the structure and origin of the Universe. It can be conducted by (…)
Café philosophique sur le Big Bang avec Prof. Georges Meylan
samedi 29 février, 202010h30 – 12h00Bains des Pâquis, GenèveCliquez ici pour plus d’informationLa volonté de comprendre notre Univers est aussi ancienne que l’humanité. Pendant des millénaires, les explications du cosmos, limitées à une très petite fraction de son volume actuellement connu, sont plus proches des mythes que de la science. Pourtant, dès l’Antiquité grecque, des (…)