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The Lambda effect confirmed

The Lambda effect confirmed

by Gabi Schoenherr last modified Dec 08, 2014 04:22 PM

2 December 2014. Solar turbulence theory confirmed by solar observations: the Lambda effect exists. AIP theoreticians have long believed that turbulence on the Sun behaves opposite to what is known in classical experimental physics due to a complex mechanism taking place, called "Lambda Effect". A publication by Günter Rüdiger and colleagues in Astronomy & Astrophysics Letters comparing theory to observational data now concludes that this predicted effect indeed occurs on the Sun.

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Partial solar eclipse observed by SDI

Partial solar eclipse observed by SDI

by Kerstin Mork last modified Dec 12, 2014 10:24 AM

23 October 2014. The images show a large Sunspot that appeared two days earlier. The SDI telescope uses the Sun as a guide star to keep its image to be well-projected onto the entrance fibres to the spectrograph. As it is equipped with a guiding video camera, it allows us to observe any other events of interest like the partial solar eclipse in Arizona on October 23 which lasted from 14:21 to 16:45 MST with a maximum of the obscuration up to 33% at 15:37 MST (UTC-7).

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Humboldt Research Fellowship for Jenny Sorce

Humboldt Research Fellowship for Jenny Sorce

by Kerstin Mork last modified Nov 10, 2014 10:31 AM

22 October 2014. The Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) welcomes Jenny Sorce, who received a Humboldt Research Fellowship for Postdoctoral Researchers.

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Facets of Solar Magnetic Fields

Facets of Solar Magnetic Fields

by Kerstin Mork last modified Nov 11, 2014 01:52 PM

3 September 2014. Magnetic fields on the solar surface come in many shapes and sizes. The smallest magnetic flux elements become visible in the Fraunhofer G-band, a narrow spectral region with many molecular lines at around 430.6 nm, as bright points – sometimes aligned in chains and arcs. Once the magnetic flux is sufficiently strong to inhibit the convective energy transport from the solar interior to the solar atmosphere, dark structures begin to develop, which are called solar pores.

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Karl Schwarzschild Fellow 2014: Else Starkenburg

Karl Schwarzschild Fellow 2014: Else Starkenburg

by Kerstin Mork last modified Sep 12, 2014 11:56 AM

1 September 2014. The AIP welcomes this years Karl Schwarzschild Fellow Else Starkenburg. She completed her Ph.D. in 2011 at the Kapteyn Astronomical Institute of the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. Else Starkenburg also holds an M.Sc. in Physics and Astronomy and an M.A. in Theoretical Philosophy.

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Thinkshop on Cosmology in Potsdam

Thinkshop on Cosmology in Potsdam

by Kerstin Mork last modified Sep 09, 2014 11:52 AM

25 August 2014. The Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) hosts its 11th Thinkshop under the title "Satellite galaxies and dwarfs in the local group“. From August 25 to 29 over 130 scientists will get together on the Potsdam Telegrafenberg to discuss their research in the field of cosmology.

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Wempe award for Brent Tully

Wempe award for Brent Tully

by Gabi Schoenherr last modified Sep 09, 2014 11:53 AM

30 June 2014. Today Prof. R. Brent Tully from the Institute for Astronomy Honolulu, Hawaii receives the Wempe Award in recognition of his groundbreaking research about the structure of galaxies and the large-scale structure of the cosmos. Since many decades Tully has been promoting the analysis and mapping of galactic structures and flows. The award ceremony will take place from 3:30 p.m. at the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP).

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CosmoSim Database for cosmological simulations released

CosmoSim Database for cosmological simulations released

by Kerstin Mork last modified Jun 23, 2014 09:56 AM

23 June 2014. The CosmoSim database (www.cosmosim.org) has now been released after an intensive testing period. This service to the scientific community is the successor of the MultiDark database (www.multidark.org) and it is used as a platform for publishing and sharing data products from cosmological simulations.

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NASA awards AIP scientists

NASA awards AIP scientists

by Kerstin Mork last modified May 26, 2014 08:46 AM

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Girls’Day at AIP

Girls’Day at AIP

by Kerstin Mork last modified Mar 28, 2014 09:55 AM

27. März 2014. Zum Girls’Day / Zukunftstag Brandenburg hat das AIP wieder gut zwanzig Mädchen aus Brandenburg und Berlin eingeladen, einen Blick in die Welt der Astrophysik zu werfen.

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Matthias Steinmetz Becomes a Member of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities

Matthias Steinmetz Becomes a Member of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities

by Kerstin Mork last modified Jul 10, 2014 03:39 PM

29 November 2013. The Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities (Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften - BBAW) has elected Matthias Steinmetz, Director of the Leibniz Institute Potsdam (AIP), as a full member of the Academy. A total of seven new members were admitted. To be appointed, scientists must distinguish themselves through outstanding scientific achievements.

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Reiff lecture by AIP scientist

Reiff lecture by AIP scientist

by Kerstin Mork last modified Nov 29, 2013 10:17 AM

16 November 2013. For successfully bridging the gap between astronomy as a hobby and the world of science, Axel Schwope of the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam has been acknowledged.

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Europäische Weltraumagentur zeichnet AIP-Wissenschaftler aus (only German)

Europäische Weltraumagentur zeichnet AIP-Wissenschaftler aus (only German)

by Kerstin Mork last modified Oct 22, 2013 11:20 AM

6. Oktober 2013. Zwei Wissenschaftler des Leibniz-Instituts für Astrophysik Potsdam (AIP) sind mit dem „James Webb Space Telescope Significant Achievement Award“ der Europäischen Weltraumagentur ESA ausgezeichnet worden. Projektleiter Martin Roth und Projektwissenschaftler Joris Gerssen hatten mit ihrem Team in einem zweijährigen Projekt Programme zur Datenanalyse für das NIRSpec-Instrument der Firma Astrium GmbH entwickelt. NIRSpec (Near-Infrared Spectrograph) wird an das Weltraumteleskop James Webb, Nachfolger von Hubble, angeschlossen werden.

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Horst Künzel (1921-2013)

Horst Künzel (1921-2013)

by Kerstin Mork last modified Sep 30, 2013 03:51 PM

30. September 2013. Horst Künzel died aged 92 on 2013 September 20. His professional and scientific career was exceptional.

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Karl-Heinz Rädler awarded with Karl-Schwarzschild Medal

Karl-Heinz Rädler awarded with Karl-Schwarzschild Medal

by Kerstin Mork last modified Oct 11, 2013 10:10 AM

25 September 2013. The Karl-Schwarzschild Medal, one of the most honoured awards for astronomical research, goes to Karl-Heinz Rädler, scientist at at the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP). The Astronomische Gesellschaft (Astronomical Society) honours him for his research in the area of magnetohydrodynamic.

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AIP distinguished as family-friendly institute

AIP distinguished as family-friendly institute

by Kerstin Mork last modified Aug 30, 2013 12:25 PM

29. August 2013. The Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) received the certificate from “berufundfamilie gGmbH”. The award highlights the efforts of AIP as a family-friendly employer in Brandenburg.

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100 years Observatory Babelsberg

100 years Observatory Babelsberg

by Kerstin Mork last modified Sep 05, 2013 01:26 PM

2 August 2013. At the beginning of August 1913 the Berlin Observatory - ancestor of the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) - moved to Potsdam-Babelsberg. 100 years later the AIP celebrates this anniversary.

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Young Scientist Award Goes To Francisco Kitaura

Young Scientist Award Goes To Francisco Kitaura

by Kerstin Mork last modified Oct 15, 2013 04:13 PM

29 April 2013. The "Leibniz-Kolleg Potsdam" awards young scientists for their achievements in the field of publication and research.

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Leibniz Graduate School for »Quantitative Spectroscopy in Astrophysics« starts

Leibniz Graduate School for »Quantitative Spectroscopy in Astrophysics« starts

by Gabi Schoenherr last modified Feb 26, 2013 10:55 AM

19 February 2013. The Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) and the University of Potsdam jointly offer eight PhD stipends within the Graduate School focussing on »quantitative Spectroscopy in Astrophysics«.

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