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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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Virtual lecture: Babelsberg Starry Night on 21 March 2024

The next talk of the Virtual Babelsberg Starry Nights of the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) on the topic "Binary stars in exchange" (German) by Daniel Pauli from the University of Potsdam will be broadcast on the YouTube channel “Urknall, Weltall und das Leben” (Big Bang, Universe and Life) from Thursday, 21 March 2024.

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4MOST Milestone: First major shipment to Chile

A significant milestone approaches for the 4MOST project as the Leibniz-Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) gears up to dispatch the first major shipment of the 4MOST instrument to Chile. On Thursday, February 29, the Cable Wrap, the largest physical subsystem of 4MOST, will commence its journey from AIP's facilities to the European Southern Observatory's (ESO) Paranal Observatory in Chile.

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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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The art of filing, drilling and milling

Newly qualified apprentice Oskar Sauerbrey speaks about his training as a precision mechanic at AIP in an interview. Two new apprenticeships will be available again from September 2024; applications can still be submitted until June. The Leibniz-Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) is characterized not only by its various research sections, but also by the technical section, which is responsible for the construction and maintenance of modern instruments and historical telescopes. The associated precision engineering workshop regularly trains young people. One of them is Oskar Sauerbrey. He has just completed his precision mechanics apprenticeship in January 2024 and gives us an exclusive insight into his experiences at AIP.

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The next talk of the Virtual Babelsberg Starry Nights of the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) on the topic "Binary stars in exchange" (German) by Daniel Pauli from the University of Potsdam will be broadcast on the YouTube channel “Urknall, Weltall und das Leben” (Big Bang, Universe and Life) from Thursday, 21 March 2024.

A recent study of Prof Dr Martin M. Roth (AIP) looks at the scientific impact of novel instruments, focusing on the MUSE field spectrograph.

Milestone approaches for the 4MOST project as the Leibniz-Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) gears up to dispatch the first major shipment of the 4MOST instrument to Chile.

 

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Latest Publications

Radial acceleration relation of galaxies with joint kinematic and weak-lensing data

Mistele, T., McGaugh, S., Lelli, F., Schombert, J., Li, P.
Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics, 2024, 4, 020 – Published April 2024

Assessing the Influence of Urban Lights on Night Sky Brightness with a Smartphone

Wang, Y., ... Sun, W., ...
Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, 136, 4, 044501 – Published April 2024

The more the merrier: SRG/eROSITA discovers two further galaxies showing X-ray quasi-periodic eruptions

Arcodia, R., ... Krumpe, M., ...
Astronomy and Astrophysics, 684, A64 – Published April 2024

Lyman continuum leaker candidates at z ∼ 3-4 in the HDUV based on a spectroscopic sample of MUSE LAEs

Kerutt, J., ... Wisotzki, L., ... Urrutia, T., ...
Astronomy and Astrophysics, 684, A42 – Published April 2024

A Walk on the Retrograde Side (WRS) project. I. Tidying-up the retrograde halo with high-resolution spectroscopy

Ceccarelli, E., ... Ilyin, I., ...
Astronomy and Astrophysics, 684, A37 – Published April 2024

Toward Precision Cosmology with Improved Planetary Nebula Luminosity Function Distances Using VLT-MUSE. II. A Test Sample from Archival Data

Jacoby, G. H., Ciardullo, R., Roth, M. M., Arnaboldi, M., Weilbacher, P. M.
The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series, 271, 2, 40 – Published April 2024

Representing low-mass black hole seeds in cosmological simulations: A new sub-grid stochastic seed model

Bhowmick, A. K., ... Weinberger, R., ...
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 529, 4, 3768 – Published April 2024

The Hertzsprung progression of classical Cepheids in the Gaia era

Marconi, M., ... Trentin, E., ...
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 529, 4, 4210 – Published April 2024

Short and long time-scales variability of the H α double-peaked profile of Pictor A

Marsango, D., ... Couto, G. S., ...
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 529, 3, 3089 – Published April 2024

Large-scale excess H I absorption around z ≈ 4 galaxies detected in a background galaxy spectrum in the MUSE eXtremely deep field

Matthee, J., ... Urrutia, T., ... Wisotzki, L.
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 529, 3, 2794 – Published April 2024

Recovery of the low- and high-mass end slopes of the IMF in massive early-type galaxies using detailed elemental abundances

den Brok, M., Krajnović, D., ... Steinmetz, M., Weilbacher, P. M.
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society – Published March 2024

Alive but Barely Kicking: News from 3+ yr of Swift and XMM-Newton X-Ray Monitoring of Quasiperiodic Eruptions from eRO-QPE1

Pasham, D. R., ... Krumpe, M., ...
The Astrophysical Journal, 963, 2, L47 – Published March 2024

Multiwavelength Observations of Quasiperiodic Pulsations in the Impulsive Phase of an Eruptive Flare with the Hard X-Ray Imager On Board ASO-S and Other Instruments

Shi, F., ... Warmuth, A., ...
Solar Physics, 299, 3, 30 – Published March 2024

3D non-LTE modeling of the stellar center-to-limb variation for transmission spectroscopy studies. Na I D and K I resonance lines in the Sun

Canocchi, G., ... Pietrow, A. G. M., ...
Astronomy and Astrophysics, 683, A242 – Published March 2024

The phase-space distribution of the M 81 satellite system

Müller, O., ... Pawlowski, M. S., Jamie Kanehisa, K., ... Libeskind, N. I.
Astronomy and Astrophysics, 683, A250 – Published March 2024

Cepheid Metallicity in the Leavitt Law (C-MetaLL) survey. V. New multiband (grizJHKs) Cepheid light curves and period-luminosity relations

Bhardwaj, A., ... Trentin, E., ... Storm, J., ...
Astronomy and Astrophysics, 683, A234 – Published March 2024

Rapid evolution of the recurrence time in the repeating partial tidal disruption event eRASSt J045650.3−203750

Liu, Z., ... Homan, D., Krumpe, M., ...
Astronomy and Astrophysics, 683, L13 – Published March 2024

Evidence for flare-accelerated particles in large scale loops in the behind-the-limb gamma-ray solar flare of September 29, 2022

Pesce-Rollins, M., ... Warmuth, A., ...
Astronomy and Astrophysics, 683, A208 – Published March 2024

MAGIC: MUSE gAlaxy Groups In COSMOS - A survey to probe the impact of environment on galaxy evolution over the last 8 Gyr

Epinat, B., ... Krajnović, D., ... Urrutia, T., Weilbacher, P. M.
Astronomy and Astrophysics, 683, A205 – Published March 2024

Detection of pulsed X-ray emission from the isolated neutron star candidate eRASSU J131716.9-402647

Kurpas, J., Schwope, A. D., Pires, A. M., Haberl, F.
Astronomy and Astrophysics, 683, A164 – Published March 2024

A newborn active galactic nucleus in a star-forming galaxy

Arévalo, P., ... Krumpe, M.
Astronomy and Astrophysics, 683, L8 – Published March 2024

The SRG/eROSITA All-Sky Survey. First catalog of superclusters in the western Galactic hemisphere

Liu, A., ... Lamer, G., ...
Astronomy and Astrophysics, 683, A130 – Published March 2024

K2 results for "young" α-rich stars in the Galaxy

Grisoni, V., Chiappini, C., ... Valentini, M., ...
Astronomy and Astrophysics, 683, A111 – Published March 2024

The bar pattern speed of the Large Magellanic Cloud

Jiménez-Arranz, Ó., ... Cioni, M.-R. L.
Astronomy and Astrophysics, 683, A102 – Published March 2024

Observational constraints on the origin of the elements. VIII. Constraining the barium, strontium, and yttrium chemical evolution in metal-poor stars

Guiglion, G. et al.
Astronomy and Astrophysics, 683, A73 – Published March 2024

Testing pulsation diagnostics in the rapidly oscillating magnetic Ap star γ Equ using near-infrared CRIRES+ observations

Järvinen, S. P., Hubrig, S., ... Ilyin, I.
Astronomy and Astrophysics, 683, A66 – Published March 2024

eRASSU J060839.5-704014: A double degenerate ultra-compact binary in the direction of the LMC

Maitra, C., ... Schwope, A., ...
Astronomy and Astrophysics, 683, A21 – Published March 2024

Angular momentum and chemical transport by azimuthal magnetorotational instability in radiative stellar interiors

Meduri, D. G., Jouve, L., Lignières, F.
Astronomy and Astrophysics, 683, A12 – Published March 2024

A hidden population of massive white dwarfs: two spotted K + WD binaries

Rowan, D. M., ... Ilyin, I., ...
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 529, 1, 587 – Published March 2024

A Community Data Set for Comparing Automated Coronal Hole Detection Schemes

Reiss, M. A., ... Hofmeister, S., ...
The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series, 271, 1, 6 – Published March 2024

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The Solar Orbiter Mission and the SO/PHI instrument: new opportunities for novel science

04.05.2024, 13:00 – 19:00
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This year's Potsdam Day of Science is taking place on the Telegrafenberg, where the Astrophysical Observatory Potsdam, one of the predecessor institutes of the AIP, was founded 150 years ago. The AIP will open the doors of the Einstein Tower and Great Refractor, which are celebrating their 100th and 125th anniversaries this year.

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