To do this the division conducts a broad program of research in the realm of Astronomy, Astrophysics and Fundamental Physics. This is the study, by way of photons, particles, and gravitational waves, of processes in cosmic sites and the physics processes operating therein. These involve complimentary studies using sub-mm, infra-red, optical, uv, x-ray, and gamma-ray wavelengths, gravitational waves, and energetic charged particles. The division scientists develop theoretical models of the origin and structure of astrophysical objects and processes, design experimental approaches and hardware to test these theories, and interpret and evaluate data gathered from the experiments, archive and disseminate the data, provide expert user support to the community, publish conclusions drawn there-from, and undertake education and public outreach programs centered on the Divisions science missions.
The Astrophysics Science Division contains several laboratories and offices: