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Laboratory Astrophysics Division (LAD)

The object of the Laboratory Astrophysics Division is to advance our understanding of the Universe through the promotion of fundamental theoretical and experimental research into the underlying processes that drive the cosmos.


The Laboratory Astrophysics Division (LAD) of the American Astronomical Society (AAS) welcomes the Astro2020 Decadal Survey’s recognition of Laboratory Astrophysics as essential for Astronomy and supports its recommendations to advance the field.


Call for Nominations!

The Dissertation Prize is presented, normally on an annual basis, to recognize an outstanding theoretical or experimental doctoral dissertation (or the equivalent) in laboratory astrophysics. The prize is awarded to an individual who has completed their PhD or equivalent degree in any of the three calendar years immediately preceding the award year. The prize includes a cash award, a citation, and an invited lecture by the recipient at a meeting of the Division. Nominations Due: Dec 31, 2021