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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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Optical image of the second galaxy found with quasi-periodic eruptions in the eROSITA all-sky data.

Exploring the history of the early Milky Way with sound

A team of astronomers has succeeded in dating some of the oldest stars in our galaxy with unprecedented precision by combining data from the stars’ oscillations in space – their “sound” – with information about their chemical composition.

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Science initiative pleads for German Centre for Astrophysics in Lusatia

An initiative of leading scientists led by Professor Günther Hasinger, research director of the European Space Agency (ESA), is advocating the establishment of the German Centre for Astrophysics (DZA) to be located in Lusatia.

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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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eROSITA detects regular X-ray flashes from the vicinity of black holes

The all-sky survey with the X-ray telescope eROSITA identified strong, regularly recurring bursts of brightness in two previously completely unremarkable galaxies.

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A team of astronomers has succeeded in dating some of the oldest stars in our galaxy with unprecedented precision by combining data from the stars’ oscillations in space – their “sound” – with information about their chemical composition.

An initiative of leading scientists led by Professor Günther Hasinger, research director of the European Space Agency (ESA), is advocating the establishment of the German Centre for Astrophysics (DZA) to be located in Lusatia.

The all-sky survey with the X-ray telescope eROSITA identified strong, regularly recurring bursts of brightness in two previously completely unremarkable galaxies.

 

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Latest Publications

Suppressed heat conductivity in the intracluster medium: implications for the magneto-thermal instability

Berlok, T., Quataert, E., Pessah, M. E., Pfrommer, C.
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 504, 3, 3435 – Published July 2021

A unicorn in monoceros: the 3 M dark companion to the bright, nearby red giant V723 Mon is a non-interacting, mass-gap black hole candidate

Jayasinghe, T., ... Strassmeier, K. G., Weber, M., ... Ilyin, I., ...
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 504, 2, 2577 – Published June 2021

I - A hydrodynamical CLONE of the Virgo cluster of galaxies to confirm observationally driven formation scenarios

Sorce, J. G. et al.
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 504, 2, 2998 – Published June 2021

Non-Kolmogorov turbulence in multiphase intracluster medium driven by cold gas precipitation and AGN jets

Wang, C., Ruszkowski, M., Pfrommer, C., Oh, S. P., Yang, H.-Y. K.
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 504, 1, 898 – Published June 2021

MERGHERS pilot: MeerKAT discovery of diffuse emission in nine massive Sunyaev-Zel'dovich-selected galaxy clusters from ACT

Knowles, K., ... Pfrommer, C., ...
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 504, 2, 1749 – Published June 2021

The VMC Survey - XLII. Near-infrared period-luminosity relations for RR Lyrae stars and the structure of the Large Magellanic Cloud

Cusano, F., ... Cioni, M.-R. L., ...
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 504, 1, 1 – Published June 2021

Constraining the cosmic UV background at z > 3 with MUSE Lyman-α emission observations

Gallego, S. G., ... Wisotzki, L., ...
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 504, 1, 16 – Published June 2021

On the absence of backsplash analogues to NGC 3109 in the ΛCDM framework

Banik, I., Haslbauer, M., Pawlowski, M. S., Famaey, B., Kroupa, P.
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 503, 4, 6170 – Published June 2021

UVIT-HST-Gaia-VISTA study of Kron 3 in the Small Magellanic Cloud: a cluster with an extended red clump in ultraviolet

Nayak, P. K., ... Cioni, M.-R. L., Bell, C. P. M., ...
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 503, 4, 5291 – Published June 2021

The VMC Survey - XL. Three-dimensional structure of the Small Magellanic Cloud as derived from red clump stars

Tatton, B. L., ... Cioni, M.-R. L., ... Bell, C. P. M., ...
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 504, 2, 2983 – Published June 2021

The GALAH+ survey: Third data release

Buder, S., ... Buck, T., ...
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society – Published May 2021

The in-situ formation of molecular and warm ionised gas triggered by hot galactic outflows

Girichidis, P., Naab, T., Walch, S., Berlok, T.
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society – Published May 2021

The HETDEX Survey: The Lyα Escape Fraction from 3D-HST Emission-Line Galaxies at z ∼ 2

Weiss, L. H., ... Wisotzki, L.
The Astrophysical Journal, 912, 2, 100 – Published May 2021

Optical emission lines in the most massive galaxies: Morphology, kinematics, and ionisation properties

Pagotto, I., Krajnović, D., den Brok, M., ... Weilbacher, P. M., ... Steinmetz, M.
Astronomy and Astrophysics, 649, A63 – Published May 2021

LSDCat: Detection and cataloguing of emission-line sources in integral-field spectroscopy datacubes (Corrigendum)

Herenz, E. C., Wisotzki, L.
Astronomy and Astrophysics, 649, C5 – Published May 2021

The eROSITA Final Equatorial-Depth Survey (eFEDS). An X-ray-bright, extremely luminous infrared galaxy at z = 1.87

Toba, Y., ... Urrutia, T., ... Lamer, G., ...
Astronomy and Astrophysics, 649, L11 – Published May 2021

Gaia Early Data Release 3. The Gaia Catalogue of Nearby Stars

Gaia Collaboration, ... Janßen, K., ... Cioni, M.-R. L., ... Enke, H., ... Mints, A., ...
Astronomy and Astrophysics, 649, A6 – Published May 2021

Gaia Early Data Release 3. The astrometric solution

Lindegren, L., ... Cioni, M.-R. L., ... Janßen, K., ... Mints, A., ...
Astronomy and Astrophysics, 649, A2 – Published May 2021

Gaia Early Data Release 3. Summary of the contents and survey properties

Gaia Collaboration, ... Janßen, K., ... Cioni, M.-R. L., ... Enke, H., ... Mints, A., ...
Astronomy and Astrophysics, 649, A1 – Published May 2021

Gaia Early Data Release 3. Acceleration of the Solar System from Gaia astrometry

Gaia Collaboration, ... Janßen, K., ... Enke, H., ... Mints, A., ...
Astronomy and Astrophysics, 649, A9 – Published May 2021

Gaia Early Data Release 3. The Galactic anticentre

Gaia Collaboration, ... Janßen, K., ... Cioni, M.-R. L., ... Enke, H., ... Mints, A., ...
Astronomy and Astrophysics, 649, A8 – Published May 2021

Gaia Early Data Release 3. Structure and properties of the Magellanic Clouds

Gaia Collaboration, ... Cioni, M.-R. L., ... Janßen, K., ... Enke, H., ... Mints, A., ...
Astronomy and Astrophysics, 649, A7 – Published May 2021

Destabilization of super-rotating Taylor-Couette flows by current-free helical magnetic fields

Rüdiger, G., Schultz, M., Hollerbach, R.
Journal of Plasma Physics, 87, 2, 905870227 – Published May 2021

The pristine dwarf-galaxy survey - III. Revealing the nature of the Milky Way globular cluster Sagittarius II

Longeard, N., ... Starkenburg, E., ...
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 503, 2, 2754 – Published May 2021

Astraeus I: the interplay between galaxy formation and reionization

Hutter, A., ... Gottlöber, S., ...
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 503, 3, 3698 – Published May 2021

Connecting turbulent velocities and magnetic fields in galaxy cluster simulations with active galactic nuclei jets

Ehlert, K., Weinberger, R., Pfrommer, C., Springel, V.
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 503, 1, 1327 – Published May 2021

High-resolution imaging follow-up of doubly imaged quasars

Shajib, A. J., ... Wisotzki, L.
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 503, 2, 1557 – Published May 2021

Pair lines of sight observations of multiphase gas bearing O VI in a galaxy environment

Anshul, P., Narayanan, A., Muzahid, S., Beckett, A., Morris, S. L.
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 503, 3, 3243 – Published May 2021

A finite volume method for two-moment cosmic ray hydrodynamics on a moving mesh

Thomas, T., Pfrommer, C., Pakmor, R.
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 503, 2, 2242 – Published May 2021

Double X/Peanut structures in barred galaxies - insights from an N-body simulation

Ciambur, B. C., Fragkoudi, F., Khoperskov, S., Di Matteo, P., Combes, F.
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 503, 2, 2203 – Published May 2021

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03.05.2021 – 09.05.2021
Public Event

This year, the Potsdam Day of the Sciences is taking place online as the Potsdam Days of the Sciences.

06.05.2021, 14:30 – 15:30
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20.05.2021, 14:30 – 15:30
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20.05.2021, 18:00 – 19:00
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Talk (in German): Dark matter and the dance of the dwarf galaxies (Marcel Pawlowski)

27.05.2021, 14:30 – 15:30
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03.06.2021, 14:30 – 15:30
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Dynamics of Solar and Stellar Convection Zones and Atmospheres (IAU Symposium 365)

Aug. 9, 2021 – Aug. 13, 2021