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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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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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4MOST Special Babelsberg Starry Night: Public talk at 8. March 2024

The Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) invites to a Special Edition of the Babelsberg Starry Nights, this time live in Babelsberg, on Friday, 8th March 2024, starting at 7:00 pm with a public lecture of Dr. Andreas Kelz on the topic "4MOST – Observing the sky with 2400 eyes". Please note that the lecture will be given in German.

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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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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.

The Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) invites to a Special Edition of the Babelsberg Starry Nights, this time live in Babelsberg, on Friday, 8th March 2024, starting at 7:00 pm with a public lecture of Dr. Andreas Kelz on the topic "4MOST – Observing the sky with 2400 eyes". Please note that the lecture will be given in German.

The next talk of the Virtual Babelsberg Starry Nights of the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) on the topic "The Sun as chronometer of physical processes" (German) will be broadcast on the YouTube channel “Urknall, Weltall und das Leben” (Big Bang, Universe and Life) from Thursday, 15 February 2024.

 

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Latest Publications

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 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

Classical Cepheid pulsation properties in the Rubin-LSST filters

De Somma, G., ... Trentin, E., ...
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 528, 4, 6637 – Published March 2024

KPM: A Flexible and Data-driven K-process Model for Nucleosynthesis

Griffith, E. J., ... Ratcliffe, B., ...
The Astronomical Journal, 167, 3, 98 – Published March 2024

A radio flare associated with the nuclear transient eRASSt J234403-352640: an outflow launched by a potential tidal disruption event

Goodwin, A. J., ... Homan, D., ... Krumpe, M., ...
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 528, 4, 7123 – Published March 2024

MUSE-ALMA Haloes X: the stellar masses of gas-rich absorbing galaxies

Augustin, R. et al.
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 528, 4, 6159 – Published March 2024

Why every observatory needs a disco ball

Cumming, R. J., Pietrow, A. G. M., ...
Physics Education, 59, 2, 025012 – Published March 2024

Unveiling dark matter free streaming at the smallest scales with the high redshift Lyman-alpha forest

Iršič, V., ... Puchwein, E., ...
Physical Review D, 109, 4, 043511 – Published February 2024

JWST Reveals Widespread AGN-Driven Neutral Gas Outflows in Massive z 2 Galaxies

Davies, R. L., ... Weinberger, R.
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society – Published February 2024

Heating of the Atmospheres of Short-orbit Exoplanets by Their Rapid Orbital Motion through an Extreme Space Environment

Cohen, O., ... Alvarado-Gómez, J. D., ...
The Astrophysical Journal, 962, 2, 157 – Published February 2024

OGLE-GD-CEP-0516: The most metal-poor lithium-rich Galactic Cepheid

Catanzaro, G., Ripepi, V., Salaris, M., Trentin, E.
Astronomy and Astrophysics, 682, L21 – Published February 2024

Mass bias in clusters of galaxies: Projection effects on the case study of Virgo replica

Lebeau, T., Sorce, J. G., Aghanim, N., Hernández-Martínez, E., Dolag, K.
Astronomy and Astrophysics, 682, A157 – Published February 2024

The GAPS programme at TNG. L. TOI-4515 b: An eccentric warm Jupiter orbiting a 1.2 Gyr-old G-star

Carleo, I., ... Baratella, M., ...
Astronomy and Astrophysics, 682, A135 – Published February 2024

The GAPS programme at TNG. XLIX. TOI-5398, the youngest compact multi-planet system composed of an inner sub-Neptune and an outer warm Saturn

Mantovan, G., ... Baratella, M., ...
Astronomy and Astrophysics, 682, A129 – Published February 2024

Does the magnetothermal instability survive whistler suppression of thermal conductivity in galaxy clusters?

Perrone, L. M., Berlok, T., Pfrommer, C.
Astronomy and Astrophysics, 682, A125 – Published February 2024

The cataclysmic variable orbital period gap: More evident than ever

Schreiber, M. R., Belloni, D., Schwope, A. D.
Astronomy and Astrophysics, 682, L7 – Published February 2024

Spectacular Nucleosynthesis from Early Massive Stars

Ji, A. P., ... Chiappini, C., ...
The Astrophysical Journal, 961, 2, L41 – Published February 2024

The eROSITA upper limits. Description and access to the data

Tubín-Arenas, D., Krumpe, M., Lamer, G., ... Homan, D., Schwope, A., ... Poppenhaeger, K., Traulsen, I., ...
Astronomy and Astrophysics, 682, A35 – Published February 2024

The SRG/eROSITA all-sky survey. First X-ray catalogues and data release of the western Galactic hemisphere

Merloni, A., Lamer, G., ... Tubín-Arenas, D., ... Homan, D., ... Krumpe, M., Kurpas, J., Li, P., ... Pires, A. M., ... Poppenhaeger, K., ... Schwope, A., ... Traulsen, I., ... Urrutia, T., ...
Astronomy and Astrophysics, 682, A34 – Published February 2024

A comparative study of two X2.2 and X9.3 solar flares observed with HARPS-N. Reconciling Sun-as-a-star spectroscopy and high-spatial resolution solar observations in the context of the solar-stellar connection

Pietrow, A. G. M., ... Alvarado-Gómez, J. D., Hofmeister, S. J., Verma, M., Kamlah, R., Baratella, M., Amazo-Gómez, E. M., Kontogiannis, I., Dineva, E., Warmuth, A., Denker, C., Poppenhaeger, K., ...
Astronomy and Astrophysics, 682, A46 – Published February 2024

Beyond Gaia DR3: Tracing the [α/M] - [M/H] bimodality from the inner to the outer Milky Way disc with Gaia-RVS and convolutional neural networks

Guiglion, G., Nepal, S., Chiappini, C., Khoperskov, S., ... Queiroz, A. B. A., Steinmetz, M., Valentini, M., Fournier, Y., ... Minchev, I., ...
Astronomy and Astrophysics, 682, A9 – Published February 2024

Gaia DR3 data consistent with a short bar connected to a spiral arm

Vislosky, E., Minchev, I., Khoperskov, S., ... Ratcliffe, B., ... Steinmetz, M., de Jong, R.
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 528, 2, 3576 – Published February 2024

Chemical clocks and their time zones: understanding the [s/Mg]-age relation with birth radii

Ratcliffe, B., Minchev, I., ... Queiroz, A., Steinmetz, M.
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 528, 2, 3464 – Published February 2024

Magnetic field amplification in cosmological zoom simulations from dwarf galaxies to galaxy groups

Pakmor, R., ... Pfrommer, C., ...
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 528, 2, 2308 – Published February 2024

A Gaussian-processes approach to fitting for time-variable spherical solar wind in pulsar timing data

Niţu, I. C., ... Vocks, C.
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 528, 2, 3304 – Published February 2024

MUSEQuBES: mapping the distribution of neutral hydrogen around low-redshift galaxies

Dutta, S., ... Wisotzki, L., ...
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 528, 2, 3745 – Published February 2024

MusE GAs FLOw and Wind (MEGAFLOW) X. The cool gas and covering fraction of Mg II in galaxy groups

Cherrey, M., ... Wendt, M., ...
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 528, 1, 481 – Published February 2024

Spectrally resolved cosmic rays - III. Dynamical impact and properties of the circumgalactic medium

Girichidis, P., Werhahn, M., Pfrommer, C., Pakmor, R., Springel, V.
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 527, 4, 10897 – Published February 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 – Published February 2024

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07.03.2024, 14:00 – 16:30
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08.03.2024, 19:00 – 20:30
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The Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) invites to a Special Edition of the Babelsberg Starry Nights, this time live in Babelsberg, on Friday, 8th March 2024, starting at 7:00 pm with a public lecture of Dr. Andreas Kelz on the topic "4MOST – Observing the sky with 2400 eyes". Please note that the lecture will be given in German.

14.03.2024, 14:30 – 15:30
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20.03.2024, 19:00 – 20:30
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The AIP invites to a public observation evening in the Great Refractor at the Telegrafenberg in Potsdam.

18.04.2024, 14:00 – 16:00
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