alexa Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía

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Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía

The IAA is an institute of Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC) in Granada - Andalucía. The activities of the IAA (CSIC) are related to research in the field of Astrophysics and the development of instruments for telescopes and space vehicles. These webpages are intended to present our activities as well as useful information both for other professional institutions devoted to astrophysics research as well as for those interested in learning something more about the IAA and astrophysics in general. From the front page on, an explanation is provided of the structure and organization of the IAA, followed by general information concerning our technological and scientific research in addition to all the activities we consider of general interest. The pages of each department provide basic information: the staff, research lines, projects under way and research results. The navigator will also find more specific and varied information on each of the individual pages of the IAA staff. The IAA has as its general scientific objective to help increase the bulk of knowledge about our universe, from the closest at hand, our solar system, to an overall scale of the entire universe, improving descriptions and analysing the physical processes that take place there. The nature of this aim demands a multi-disciplinary approach, requiring a combination of theory, observation and technology in different areas of physics and engineering. Although the IAA is a centre for pursuing basic science, we are aware of the role that astrophysics plays as a user and producer of new technologies. To achieve our overarching objective, different scientific programmes are being undertaken with specific aims and timetables, encompassing four large areas of astrophysics: the solar system; star formation, structure and evolution; galaxy structure and evolution; and cosmology. Basic science has been and continues to be the motor for training scientific and technical staff, as well as for stimulating the development of other disciplines. The history of the IAA clearly depicts the observational function of the centre. The telescopes installed in the Observatorio de Sierra Nevada (OSN), reflect a scientific policy with the clear objective of ensuring continued access to observational means to undertake far-reaching scientific projects. This fact adds singularity to the centre and at the same time offers the challenge and incentive for research at the IAA. The design and construction of instruments for the OSN, as well as others to be carried in special space vehicles, not only serve as support for basic research by the different teams of the IAA, but also represent activity of prime importance for the appropriate combination of research and development.
The IAA has participated in technological developments for space missions of NASA and ESA and builds state-of-the-art instrumentation for ground-based telescopes at the CAHA (CARMENES, PANIC) and GTC (MEGARA) observatories in Spain, ESO (HIRES, MOSAIC ) in Chile and AURA (OCTOCAM) in the United States. For this it has modern clean rooms and equipment of development for electronics, mechanics and optics and has telescope facilities in Calar Alto and Sierra Nevada. All these achievements are possible thanks to the proven ability of IAA scientists and technologists to attract external resources in competitive calls. In the period between 2012 and June 2016, the national, European and international projects led by the IAA reached € 20 million, participating in 5 H2020 projects - two of them coordinated from the IAA - and obtaining 2 ERC Consolidator Grants.

89% publications in 1st quartile SCI magazines. 1024 publications in high impact magazines. 12.7 average citations per publication. The IAA has stepped up actions to equate gender balance and incorporate young talent, both domestic and overseas. Scientists from up to 15 different nationalities live together in the IAA.


Bailén Martínez, Francisco Javier (fbailen [at]; ext. 662) Técnico Superior ATP
Bayo Muñoz, Francisco Manuel (bayo [at]; ext. 563) Contrato Titulado Superior ATP
Bellot Rubio, Luis Ramón (lbellot [at]; ext. 508) Científico Titular Jefatura de Departamento
Cala Hurtado, Antonio (acala [at]; ext. 674) Contrato Titulado Superior ATP
del Toro Iniesta, José Carlos (jti [at]; ext. 596) Investigador Científico
Duffard, René Damián (duffard [at]; ext. 627) Contrato Investigador Ramón y Cajal
Escobar Cerezo, Jesús (jescobar [at]; ext. 648) Contrato Predoctoral F.D.