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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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Portrait photo of Tobias Buck
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Betelgeuse recovers – for now

New observations of the red supergiant suggest that the 2019 mass ejection of its atmosphere might significantly affects its fate. This doesn't mean Betelgeuse is going to explode any time soon, but the late-life convulsions yield clues as to how red stars lose mass late in their lives as their nuclear fusion furnaces burn out, before exploding as supernovae.

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Carl Zeiss Foundation research group grant for Dr Tobias Buck

Tobias Buck will start a junior research group at Heidelberg University dedicated to the topic of machine learning in astrophysics. The research project is funded by the Carl Zeiss Foundation with about 1.5 million euros over six years.

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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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We are colourful: The AIP participates in Pride Day 2022

At the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP), people not only of different nationalities but also of different sexual orientations or identities work closely together. On Pride Day Germany 2022, the AIP visibly shows to the outside world how a respectful and tolerant working atmosphere is lived at the Babelsberg campus.

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New observations of the red supergiant suggest that the 2019 mass ejection of its atmosphere might significantly affects its fate. This doesn't mean Betelgeuse is going to explode any time soon, but the late-life convulsions yield clues as to how red stars lose mass late in their lives as their nuclear fusion furnaces burn out, before exploding as supernovae.

Tobias Buck will start a junior research group at Heidelberg University dedicated to the topic of machine learning in astrophysics. The research project is funded by the Carl Zeiss Foundation with about 1.5 million euros over six years.

At the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP), people not only of different nationalities but also of different sexual orientations or identities work closely together. On Pride Day Germany 2022, the AIP visibly shows to the outside world how a respectful and tolerant working atmosphere is lived at the Babelsberg campus.

 

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Latest Publications

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

The Open Cluster Chemical Abundances and Mapping Survey. VI. Galactic Chemical Gradient Analysis from APOGEE DR17

Myers, N., ... Chiappini, C., ... Minchev, I., ...
The Astronomical Journal, 164, 3, 85 – Published September 2022

Reionization time of the Local Group and Local-Group-like halo pairs

Sorce, J. G., ... Gottlöber, S., ...
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 515, 2, 2970 – Published September 2022

LyC escape from SPHINX galaxies in the Epoch of Reionization

Rosdahl, J., ... Keating, L. C., ...
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 515, 2, 2386 – Published September 2022

Hydromagnetic waves in an expanding universe - cosmological MHD code tests using analytic solutions

Berlok, T.
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 515, 3, 3492 – Published September 2022

Simulating radio synchrotron emission in star-forming galaxies: small-scale magnetic dynamo and the origin of the far-infrared-radio correlation

Pfrommer, C., Werhahn, M., Pakmor, R., Girichidis, P., Simpson, C. M.
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 515, 3, 4229 – Published September 2022

The evolutionary state of the chemically peculiar members of the open cluster NGC 2516

Kharchenko, N. V., Piskunov, A. E., Hubrig, S., Schöller, M.
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 515, 2, 3094 – Published September 2022

Reliability and limitations of inferring birth radii in the Milky Way disc

Lu, Y., Buck, T., Minchev, I., Ness, M. K.
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 515, 1, L34 – Published September 2022

New globular cluster candidates in the M81 group

Pan, J., ... de Jong, R. S., ...
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 515, 1, 48 – Published September 2022

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

Jayasinghe, T., ... Ilyin, I., ...
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society – Published August 2022

Space-weather-driven Variations in Lyα Absorption Signatures of Exoplanet Atmospheric Escape: MHD Simulations and the Case of AU Mic b

Cohen, O., Alvarado-Gómez, J. D., ...
The Astrophysical Journal, 934, 2, 189 – Published August 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 – Published August 2022

Intervelocity of galaxy pairs in ΛCDM. Observed velocity peak at ∼130 km s−1 not unique to modified Newtonian dynamics

Pawlowski, M. S., Kanehisa, K. J., Taibi, S., Li, P.
Astronomy and Astrophysics, 664, L6 – Published August 2022

The SEDIGISM survey: Molecular cloud morphology. II. Integrated source properties

Neralwar, K. R., ... Schuller, F., ...
Astronomy and Astrophysics, 664, A84 – Published August 2022

Gaia-supported re-discovery of a remarkable weak line quasar from a variability and proper motion survey

Meusinger, H., Scholz, R.-D.
Astronomy and Astrophysics, 664, L4 – Published August 2022

The WISE-2MASS Survey: Red Quasars Into the Radio Quiet Regime

Glikman, E., ... Urrutia, T., ...
The Astrophysical Journal, 934, 2, 119 – Published August 2022

The Active Galactic Nuclei in the Hobby-Eberly Telescope Dark Energy Experiment Survey (HETDEX). I. Sample Selection

Liu, C., ... Krumpe, M., ...
The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series, 261, 2, 24 – Published August 2022

Seismic modelling of the pulsating mercury-manganese star HD 29589

Niemczura, E., ... Hubrig, S., ...
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 514, 4, 5640 – Published August 2022

Hermeian haloes: Field haloes that interacted with both the Milky Way and M31

Newton, O., Libeskind, N. I., ... Sorce, J. G., ... Steinmetz, M., ...
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 514, 3, 3612 – Published August 2022

The UV 2175Å attenuation bump and its correlation with PAH emission at z 2

Shivaei, I., ... Weilbacher, P. M.
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 514, 2, 1886 – Published August 2022

The DECam Local Volume Exploration Survey Data Release 2

Drlica-Wagner, A., ... Miller, A. E., ...
The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series, 261, 2, 38 – Published August 2022

The VMC Survey - XLIX. Discovery of a population of quasars dominated by nuclear dust emission behind the Magellanic Clouds

Pennock, C. M., ... Cioni, M.-R. L., ...
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society – Published July 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 – Published July 2022

The REACH radiometer for detecting the 21-cm hydrogen signal from redshift z ≈ 7.5-28

de Lera Acedo, E., ... Puchwein, E., ...
Nature Astronomy – Published July 2022

The pristine dwarf-galaxy survey - IV. probing the outskirts of the dwarf galaxy Boötes I

Longeard, N., ... Starkenburg, E., ...
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society – Published July 2022

Discovery of a Cool, Metal-rich Gas Reservoir in the Outskirts of z ≍ 0.5 Clusters

Mishra, S., Muzahid, S.
The Astrophysical Journal, 933, 2, 229 – Published July 2022

Structural Parameters and Possible Association of the Ultra-faint Dwarfs Pegasus III and Pisces II from Deep Hubble Space Telescope Photometry

Richstein, H., ... Sacchi, E., ...
The Astrophysical Journal, 933, 2, 217 – Published July 2022

COMAP Early Science. VII. Prospects for CO Intensity Mapping at Reionization

Breysse, P. C., ... Keating, L., ...
The Astrophysical Journal, 933, 2, 188 – Published July 2022

COMAP Early Science. V. Constraints and Forecasts at z 3

Chung, D. T., ... Keating, L. C., ...
The Astrophysical Journal, 933, 2, 186 – Published July 2022

COMAP Early Science. I. Overview

Cleary, K. A., ... Paladini, R., ...
The Astrophysical Journal, 933, 2, 182 – Published July 2022

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04.09.2022 – 09.09.2022
Scientific

The 7th installment of a successful series of workshops will bring together the scientists and engineers who develop, produce, implement and operate the most advanced imaging sensors used in scientific instrumentation. The focus is given to the fields of astronomy and earth sciences.

07.09.2022 – 09.09.2022
Scientific

The AIP aims to bring together the astrophysics community to discuss exoplanet atmospheres in high spectral resolution in its Thinkshop series. We therefore invite scientists to come to Potsdam to discuss the latest techniques for observations, their analysis, and the next-generation instruments in September 2022. The AIP is a member of the ELT-ANDES consortium.

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6. MUSE Science Busy Week

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Sept. 4, 2022 – Sept. 9, 2022