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.

2021 EPFL / Alain Herzog - CC BY-SA 4.0

Explore the universe with virtual reality

— Have you ever wanted to explore outer-space? Now you can, without leaving Earth, thanks to powerful, open-source beta software VIRUP that builds – in real-time – a virtual universe based on the most detailed contemporary astrophysical and cosmological data.

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Top Swiss research institute EPFL joins the SKA Observatory

— The prestigious Swiss science and technology university École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) has signed an agreement to cooperate with the SKA Observatory (SKAO) on behalf of the Swiss astronomy community.

© Euclid flight model presented by Thales-Alenia in 2019.

Euclid space cosmology mission received a 3rd SNSF Sinergia grants

— Prof. Frédéric Courbin (LASTRO) associated with CIS was allocated, for the 3rd time in a row, a SNSF sinergia grant related to the ESA-NASA Euclid space mission. The grant, to be shared between EPFL (PI), UniGE, UniZH and FHNW will allow to finalize the preparation of the satellite, to be launched by the end of 2022, and will enable the exploitation of the very first data to come. 

Juhan Aru, Mitali Banerjee, and Richard I. Anderson (credit: EPFL; Anderson photo: Mahdi Zamani, ESO)

Two Eccellenza Grants and a Professorial Fellowship to SB scientists

Jean-Paul Kneib, who initiated and led in part the eBOSS segment of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey. © 2020 EPFL / Alain Herzog

Astrophysicists fill gaps in the history of the Universe

— An international consortium of scientists has analyzed, as part of a vast program of cosmological surveys, several million galaxies and quasars, thus retracing a more continuous history of the Universe and offering a better understanding of the mechanisms of its expansion. The latest 6 year-long survey called eBOSS was initiated, and led in part, by EPFL astrophysicist Jean-Paul Kneib.

© 2020 EPFL

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.