Astronomers at Leiden Observatory have access to the most advanced observational facilities in the world, including the William Herschel Telescope (WHT) and the Isaac Newton Telescope (INT), the Hubble Space Telescope, ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT), Westerbork Synthesis Radio Telescope, ALMA, XMM-Newton, Chandra, and others. Researchers have also access to the fastest supercomputers through the Netherlands National Computing Facilities Foundation (NCF). Moreover, Leiden Observatory hosts two laboratories, which can be used for student’s research projects.
The Optics Laboratory houses several experiments in the area of high resolution astronomy, such as adaptive optics, interferometry and coronagraphy. The lab is being used for large scale developments, as well as student projects.
In the Sackler Laboratory for Astrophysics the circumstances in the inter- and circumstellar medium are simulated. Physical and chemical processes of astronomical relevance are studied and characterized using state-of-the-art experiments.