IR Astronomy & Interstellar Medium

Our group focuses on astronomical observations, instruments, and technology, in particular related to infrared astronomy. This includes space and airborne missions but also participation in next-generation instrumentation, e.g., for the airborne IR observatory SOFIA.

Our observational studies are focused on the distribution and the physical properties of gas and dust and their role in the star formation process in galaxies. These studies range from small scales, such as the properties of individual molecular clouds, to galactic scales, e.g. to understand why some galaxies are forming stars more efficiently than others.
How this process is linked to the properties of galaxies and the detailed physical conditions in the interstellar medium are key questions in our research. We work primarily with observations at infrared and also radio wavelengths, but generally use a wide variety of multi-wavelength observations (UV, optical) to pursue these goals and drive new technological developments.

Frank Bigiel

Group Head

Argelander-Institut für Astronomie
Auf dem Hügel 71
D-53121 Bonn

+49 228 73 - 1773