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The Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) is dedicated to astrophysical questions ranging from the exploration of our Sun to the evolution of the cosmos. It focuses on the study of cosmic magnetic fields, extragalactic astrophysics and the development of research technologies in the fields of spectroscopy, robotic telescopes and E-science.

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New research group to simulate the gas in and around galaxies

Dr. Rainer Weinberger will join the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) in 2023 as a Leibniz junior group leader with a project focused on sophisticated cosmological simulations.

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Again excellent evaluation results for the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP)

“Excellent and visible internationally”: The AIP receives all-around positive feedback in its evaluation, an independent assessment of all Leibniz institutions repeated regularly.

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Research Area II: Extragalactic Astrophysics

Galaxies are fundamental cosmic building blocks. At the largest scales, they serve as markers to study the distribution of matter in the universe - active galaxies and quasars are particularly important because of their intrinsic brightness. Nearby objects can be spatially resolved and consist of populations with very different patterns of motion, star formation histories and chemical abundances.

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Research Area I: Cosmic Magnetic Fields

Cosmic events are determined by two natural forces: gravity and magnetic fields. The magnetic field research at the AIP is mainly focused on magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) simulations, the magnetically induced activities on the Sun and the stars, solar coronaphysics as well as space weather in our solar system and on planets around other stars.

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Gaia Collaboration to Receive 2023 Berkeley Prize

The Gaia collaboration, which is responsible for the spacecraft that is currently building the largest and most precise three-dimensional map of our galaxy, will receive the 2023 Lancelot M. Berkeley − New York Community Trust Prize for Meritorious Work in Astronomy.

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Dr Rainer Weinberger will join the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) in 2023 as a Leibniz junior group leader with a project focused on sophisticated cosmological simulations.

“Excellent and visible internationally”: The AIP receives all-around positive feedback in its evaluation, an independent assessment of all Leibniz institutions repeated regularly.

The Gaia collaboration, which is responsible for the spacecraft that is currently building the largest and most precise three-dimensional map of our galaxy, will receive the 2023 Lancelot M. Berkeley − New York Community Trust Prize for Meritorious Work in Astronomy.

 

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Latest Publications

Kinematics of the Local Group gas and galaxies in the HESTIA simulations

Biaus, L., ... Sparre, M., ... Sorce, J. G., ... Libeskind, N. I., ...
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 517, 4, 6170 – Published December 2022

The recurrent nova V3890 Sgr: a near-infrared and optical study of the red giant component and its environment

Kaminsky, B., ... Ilyin, I., Strassmeier, K. G., ...
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 517, 4, 6064 – Published December 2022

AGN-driven outflows and the formation of Lyα nebulae around high-z quasars

Costa, T., ... Keating, L. C., ...
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 517, 2, 1767 – Published December 2022

Abundance analysis of APOGEE spectra for 58 metal-poor stars from the bulge spheroid

Razera, R., ... Souza, S. O., Chiappini, C., Queiroz, A. B. A., ... Valentini, M., ...
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 517, 3, 4590 – Published December 2022

Survey of Open Data Concepts Within Fundamental Physics: An Initiative of the PUNCH4NFDI Consortium

Enke, H. et al.
Computing and Software for Big Science, 6, 1, 6 – Published December 2022

Metallicity profiles of Ultra Diffuse Galaxies in NIHAO simulations

Cardona-Barrero, S., Cintio, A. D., Battaglia, G., Macció, A. V., Taibi, S.
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society – Published November 2022

The effects of stellar rotation along the main sequence of the 100 Myr old massive cluster NGC 1850

Kamann, S., ... Niederhofer, F., ...
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society – Published November 2022

A Deep View into the Nucleus of the Sagittarius Dwarf Spheroidal Galaxy with MUSE. III. Discrete Multicomponent Population-dynamical Models Based on the Jeans Equations

Kacharov, N. et al.
The Astrophysical Journal, 939, 2, 118 – Published November 2022

Stellar Population Astrophysics (SPA) with the TNG. α-elements, lithium, sodium and aluminum in 16 open clusters

Zhang, R., ... Minchev, I., ...
Astronomy and Astrophysics, 667, A103 – Published November 2022

A self-consistent dynamical model of the Milky Way disc adjusted to Gaia data

Robin, A. C., ... Salomon, J. B., ...
Astronomy and Astrophysics, 667, A98 – Published November 2022

Testing the robustness of DYNAMITE triaxial Schwarzschild modelling: The effects of correcting the orbit mirroring

Thater, S., ... den Brok, M., ...
Astronomy and Astrophysics, 667, A51 – Published November 2022

A Transient "Changing-look" Active Galactic Nucleus Resolved on Month Timescales from First-year Sloan Digital Sky Survey V Data

Zeltyn, G., ... Homan, D., ... Krumpe, M., ...
The Astrophysical Journal, 939, 1, L16 – Published November 2022

The VISCACHA survey - V. Rejuvenating three faint SMC clusters

Bica, E., ... Souza, S. O., ...
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 517, 1, L41 – Published November 2022

The neutron-capture and α-elements abundance ratios scatter in old stellar populations: cosmological simulations of the stellar halo

Scannapieco, C., Cescutti, G., Chiappini, C.
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 516, 4, 6075 – Published November 2022

Constraining SIDM with halo shapes: Revisited predictions from realistic simulations of early-type galaxies

Despali, G., ... Sparre, M., ...
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 516, 3, 4543 – Published November 2022

Anisotropic satellite accretion on to the Local Group with HESTIA

Dupuy, A., Libeskind, N. I., ... Gottlöber, S., ... Sorce, J. G., ... Wang, P.
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 516, 3, 4576 – Published November 2022

Birth of a Be star: an APOGEE search for Be stars forming through binary mass transfer

El-Badry, K., ... Ilyin, I.
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 516, 3, 3602 – Published November 2022

The short ionizing photon mean free path at z = 6 in Cosmic Dawn III, a new fully coupled radiation-hydrodynamical simulation of the Epoch of Reionization

Lewis, J. S. W., ... Sorce, J. G., ... Gottlöber, S., ...
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 516, 3, 3389 – Published November 2022

The 'Giraffe': discovery of a stripped red giant in an interacting binary with an 2 M lower giant

Jayasinghe, T., ... Ilyin, I., ...
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 516, 4, 5945 – Published November 2022

A new reference catalogue for the very metal-poor Universe: +150 OB stars in Sextans A

Lorenzo, M., ... Castro, N.
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 516, 3, 4164 – Published November 2022

Exploring Short-Term Optical Variability of Blazars Using TESS

Pininti, V. R. et al.
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society – Published October 2022

Long-term trends of light pollution assessed from SQM measurements and an empirical atmospheric model

Puschnig, J., Wallner, S., Schwope, A., Näslund, M.
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society – Published October 2022

Self-regulated AGN feedback of light jets in cool-core galaxy clusters

Ehlert, K., Weinberger, R., Pfrommer, C., Pakmor, R., Springel, V.
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society – Published October 2022

Stellar Energetic Particle Transport in the Turbulent and CME-disrupted Stellar Wind of AU Microscopii

Fraschetti, F., Alvarado-Gómez, J. D., Drake, J. J., Cohen, O., Garraffo, C.
The Astrophysical Journal, 937, 2, 126 – Published October 2022

XMM-Newton and SRG/eROSITA observations of the isolated neutron star candidate 4XMM J022141.5−735632

Pires, A. M., ... Kurpas, J., Schwope, A. D., ... Traulsen, I., Tubín, D., ...
Astronomy and Astrophysics, 666, A148 – Published October 2022

The Gaia-ESO Public Spectroscopic Survey: Implementation, data products, open cluster survey, science, and legacy,★

Randich, S., ... Guiglion, G., ... Valentini, M., ... Minchev, I., ... Steinmetz, M., ...
Astronomy and Astrophysics, 666, A121 – Published October 2022

The Gaia-ESO Public Spectroscopic Survey: Motivation, implementation, GIRAFFE data processing, analysis, and final data products

Gilmore, G., ... Guiglion, G., ... Valentini, M., ... Minchev, I., ... Steinmetz, M., ...
Astronomy and Astrophysics, 666, A120 – Published October 2022

Surface brightness-colour relations of dwarf stars from detached eclipsing binaries. I. Calibrating sample

Graczyk, D., ... Storm, J., ...
Astronomy and Astrophysics, 666, A128 – Published October 2022

The Lensed Lyman-Alpha MUSE Arcs Sample (LLAMAS). I. Characterisation of extended Lyman-alpha halos and spatial offsets

Claeyssens, A., ... Wisotzki, L.
Astronomy and Astrophysics, 666, A78 – Published October 2022

The European Solar Telescope

Quintero Noda, C., ... Balthasar, H., ... Denker, C., ... Dineva, E., ... Hofmeister, S., ... Kamlah, R., ... Kontogiannis, I., ... Strassmeier, K. G., ... Verma, M., ... Wisniewska, A., ...
Astronomy and Astrophysics, 666, A21 – Published October 2022

[List of AIP publications] [AIP publications in ADS]

03.11.2022, 14:30 – 15:30
Scientific

The Standard Model of nature's laws provides no explanation for the fundamental constants, like electromagnetism's strength, alpha. It is therefore up to experiments to test whether fundamental constants are, indeed, constant and universal, or instead vary and depend on other physical parameters. I will describe a new probe of alpha's constancy within our Galaxy, solar twin stars, and show our first results which have an ensemble precision of 12 parts-per-billion. This is already the best astronomical measurement of any fundamental constant so far. The results derive from archival high-resolution optical spectra (HARPS) from the ESO 3.6-m telescope, so there is considerable scope for extending them using larger facilities. Our goal is to map alpha across the Milky Way and, importantly, its widely-varying dark matter density field. This will be a completely new, direct test of physics beyond the Standard Model. I will report our discovery of the most distant solar twins and analogues, up to 4kpc closer to the Galactic Centre, as the first step towards that goal, and outline current and future work.

10.11.2022, 10:00 – 17:30
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Can you make fertiliser from urine? Are plastics always bad? What can we learn about social systems from baboons? Why have there been mass extinctions in the history of the Earth? How and when do sanctions affect Russia's economy? What types of curiosity are there and what does being curious get me? Was the petrol rebate a bad idea? And how did people deal with the dangers of life in the early modern period?

17.11.2022, 14:30 – 15:30
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17.11.2022, 18:00 – 19:00
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Talk (in German): Towards the Sun – Update for Solar Orbiter (Alexander Warmuth)

01.12.2022, 14:30 – 15:30
Scientific
15.12.2022, 18:00 – 19:00
Public Event

Talk (in German): Wie die Sonne unsere Erde beeinflusst: Space Weather (Stefan Hofmeister)

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Sept. 19, 2022 – Sept. 23, 2022
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