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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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Artist's impression of Beteigeuze after the mass ejection

World-class research in Lusatia

German Center for Astrophysics – Research. Technology. Digitization. (DZA) successful in competition for structural funding.

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Art meets astrophysics: Mikromegas 2 exhibition in the Great Refractor

From 3 October 2022, minimal art will be on display in the Great Refractor on Telegrafenberg. The exhibition with works by the sculptor Gaedicke and graphic artist Ranft takes place in memory of a similar exhibition 40 years ago.

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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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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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From 3 October 2022, minimal art will be on display in the Great Refractor on Telegrafenberg. The exhibition with works by the sculptor Gaedicke and graphic artist Ranft takes place in memory of a similar exhibition 40 years ago.

German Center for Astrophysics – Research. Technology. Digitization. (DZA) successful in competition for structural funding.

From 7 to 9 September, 60 scientists come to Potsdam Babelsberg to discuss exoplanet atmospheres, and their observations with high spectral resolution, in the Thinkshop conference series of the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP).

 

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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 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

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

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

Erratum: Cepheid metallicity in the Leavitt law (C-metall) survey - I. HARPS-N@TNG spectroscopy of 47 classical Cepheids and 1 BL Her variables

Ripepi, V., ... Trentin, E., ... Storm, J.
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 516, 2, 2887 – Published October 2022

Erratum: Circular polarimetry of suspect wind-accreting magnetic pre-polars

Hakala, P., ... Schwope, A., ...
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 516, 1, 1501 – Published October 2022

Trumpler 16-26: a new centrifugal magnetosphere star discovered via SDSS/APOGEE H-band spectroscopy

Chojnowski, S. D., Hubrig, S., ...
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 516, 2, 2812 – Published October 2022

Magnetic field measurements of sharp-lined Ap stars

Järvinen, S. P., Hubrig, S., Jayaraman, R., Ilyin, I., Schöller, M.
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 516, 2, 2629 – Published October 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, 515, 4, 6046 – Published October 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, 516, 2, 2348 – Published October 2022

The intrinsic reddening of the Magellanic Clouds as traced by background galaxies - III. The Large Magellanic Cloud

Bell, C. P. M., Cioni, M.-R. L., ...
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 516, 1, 824 – Published October 2022

The influence of host star activity evolution on the population of super-Earths and mini-Neptunes

Ketzer, L., Poppenhaeger, K.
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society – Published September 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 – Published September 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 – Published September 2022

The Longest Delay: A 14.5 yr Campaign to Determine the Third Time Delay in the Lensing Cluster SDSS J1004+4112

Muñoz, J. A., ... Fohlmeister, J., ...
The Astrophysical Journal, 937, 1, 34 – Published September 2022

Ultrafaint Dwarf Galaxy Candidates in the M81 Group: Signatures of Group Accretion

Bell, E. F., ... de Jong, R. S., ... Jang, I. S., ...
The Astrophysical Journal, 937, 1, L3 – Published September 2022

Reflectivity of Venus's Dayside Disk During the 2020 Observation Campaign: Outcomes and Future Perspectives

Lee, Y. J., ... Granzer, T., ... Roth, M., ...
The Planetary Science Journal, 3, 9, 209 – Published September 2022

Classical OBe Stars as Post-supernova Runaways: Confirming Binary Origins

Dallas, M. M., Oey, M. S., Castro, N.
The Astrophysical Journal, 936, 2, 112 – Published September 2022

Detailed Accretion History of the Supermassive Black Hole in NGC 5972 over the Past ≳104 yr through the Extended Emission-line Region

Finlez, C., ... Tubín, D., ...
The Astrophysical Journal, 936, 1, 88 – Published September 2022

Beyond Basic Drag in Interplanetary CME Modeling: Effects of Solar Wind Pileup and High-Speed Streams

Kay, C., Nieves‐Chinchilla, T., Hofmeister, S. J., Palmerio, E.
Space Weather, 20, 9, e03165 – Published September 2022

Incorporating baryon-driven contraction of dark matter halos in rotation curve fits

Li, P., McGaugh, S. S., Lelli, F., Schombert, J. M., Pawlowski, M. S.
Astronomy and Astrophysics, 665, A143 – Published September 2022

Stellar metallicity gradients of Local Group dwarf galaxies

Taibi, S. et al.
Astronomy and Astrophysics, 665, A92 – Published September 2022

Scaling relations of z ∼ 0.25-1.5 galaxies in various environments from the morpho-kinematics analysis of the MAGIC sample

Mercier, W., ... Krajnović, D., ...
Astronomy and Astrophysics, 665, A54 – Published September 2022

Absolute dimensions and apsidal motion of the eclipsing binaries V889 Aquilae and V402 Lacertae

Baroch, D., ... Granzer, T., ...
Astronomy and Astrophysics, 665, A13 – Published September 2022

The Unmixed Debris of Gaia-Sausage/Enceladus in the Form of a Pair of Halo Stellar Overdensities

Perottoni, H. D., ... Queiroz, A. B. A., ... Chiappini, C.
The Astrophysical Journal, 936, 1, L2 – Published September 2022

The Great Dimming of Betelgeuse: A Surface Mass Ejection and Its Consequences

Dupree, A. K., Strassmeier, K. G., ... Granzer, T., Weber, M., ...
The Astrophysical Journal, 936, 1, 18 – Published September 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

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