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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.

Ekaterina-Ilin
Two galaxies standing close to each other, one seen from the side, the other one face-on. A spiral structure is recognisable in this one.
MUSE Ultra Deep Field
Sun-magnetic_field_lines
Elliptical orbit of the black hole Gaia BH3 with the accompanying giant star nearby.

Publication prize of the Leibniz-Kolleg 2024 for Dr. Ekaterina Ilin

As a part of the Leibniz Kolleg event on Thursday, May 16, the prestigious Publication Prize 2024 will be awarded to Dr. Ekaterina Ilin from the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) for her doctoral thesis in the Audimax of the University of Potsdam.

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Virtual lecture: Babelsberg Starry Night on 16th May 2024

The next talk of the Virtual Babelsberg Starry Nights of the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) will be broadcast on the YouTube channel “videowissen” from Thursday, 16th May 2024.

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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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Gaia discovers large dormant black hole in our galaxy

While validating the data from ESA's Gaia mission, scientists uncovered a ‘sleeping’ giant. A large black hole, with a mass of nearly 33 times the mass of the Sun, was hiding in the constellation Aquila, less than 2000 light-years from Earth. This is the first time a black hole of stellar origin this big has been spotted so close to home.

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As a part of the Leibniz Kolleg event on Thursday, May 16, the prestigious Publication Prize 2024 will be awarded to Dr. Ekaterina Ilin from the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) for her doctoral thesis in the Audimax of the University of Potsdam.

The next talk of the Virtual Babelsberg Starry Nights of the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) will be broadcast on the YouTube channel “videowissen” from Thursday, 16th May 2024.

The Science Park "Albert Einstein" opens its doors on 4 May from 1 pm to 7 pm for the 11th Potsdam Science Day. The AIP is one of the hosts and offers a varied programme.

 

Latest Publications

Hall-magnetohydrodynamic simulations of X-ray photoevaporative protoplanetary disc winds

Sarafidou, E., Gressel, O., Picogna, G., Ercolano, B.
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 530, 4, 5131 – Published June 2024

The PEPSI Exoplanet Transit Survey (PETS) - V. New Na D transmission spectra indicate a quieter atmosphere on HD 189733b

Keles, E., ... Poppenhaeger, K., ... Carroll, T. A., Ilyin, I., Baratella, M., Steffen, M., Strassmeier, K. G., ... Mallonn, M., ...
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 530, 4, 4826 – Published June 2024

The origin of the characteristic shape and scatter of intergalactic damping wings during reionization

Keating, L. C., Puchwein, E., Bolton, J. S., Haehnelt, M. G., Kulkarni, G.
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 531, 1, L34 – Published June 2024

Particle initialization effects on Lyman-α forest statistics in cosmological SPH simulations

Khan, N. K., ... Puchwein, E., ...
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 530, 4, 4920 – Published June 2024

Runaway OB Stars in the Small Magellanic Cloud. III. Updated Kinematics and Insights into Dynamical versus Supernova Ejections

Phillips, G. D., Oey, M. S., Cuevas, M., Castro, N., Kothari, R.
The Astrophysical Journal, 966, 2, 243 – Published May 2024

Robust bounds on ALP dark matter from dwarf spheroidal galaxies in the optical MUSE-Faint survey

Todarello, E., ... Steinmetz, M., ...
Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics, 2024, 5, 043 – Published May 2024

The SRG/eROSITA All-Sky Survey. The first catalog of galaxy clusters and groups in the Western Galactic Hemisphere

Bulbul, E., ... Lamer, G., ...
Astronomy and Astrophysics, 685, A106 – Published May 2024

The orbital parameters of the δ Cep inner binary system determined using 2019 HARPS-N spectroscopic data (Corrigendum)

Nardetto, N., ... Storm, J., ...
Astronomy and Astrophysics, 685, C3 – Published May 2024

The VMC survey. L. Type II Cepheids in the Magellanic Clouds: Period-luminosity relations in the near-infrared bands

Sicignano, T., ... Cioni, M.-R. L., ... Storm, J., ...
Astronomy and Astrophysics, 685, A41 – Published May 2024

Rotation in stellar evolution: Probing the influence on population synthesis in high-redshift galaxies

Sun, W.
Astronomy and Astrophysics, 685, A40 – Published May 2024

Near-infrared spectroscopic characterisation of Gaia ultra-cool dwarf candidates. Spectral types and peculiarities

Ravinet, T., ... Scholz, R.-D., ...
Astronomy and Astrophysics, 685, A6 – Published May 2024

Exploring Changing-look Active Galactic Nuclei with the Sloan Digital Sky Survey V: First Year Results

Zeltyn, G., ... Krumpe, M., ...
The Astrophysical Journal, 966, 1, 85 – Published May 2024

The Pristine Inner Galaxy Survey - VIII. Characterizing the orbital properties of the ancient, very metal-poor inner Milky Way

Ardern-Arentsen, A., ... Queiroz, A. B. A., ... Chiappini, C., ...
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 530, 3, 3391 – Published May 2024

DIAmante TESS AutoRegressive Planet Search (DTARPS). II. Hundreds of New TESS Candidate Exoplanets

Melton, E. J., ... Rosenswie, A. W., ...
The Astronomical Journal, 167, 5, 203 – Published May 2024

DIAmante TESS AutoRegressive Planet Search (DTARPS). I. Analysis of 0.9 Million Light Curves

Melton, E. J., ... Rosenswie, A. W., ...
The Astronomical Journal, 167, 5, 202 – Published May 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, 530, 3, 3278 – Published May 2024

Quantum-mechanical treatment of two particles in a potential box

Mann, G.
Zeitschrift Naturforschung Teil A, 79, 5, 497 – Published May 2024

The wide-field, multiplexed, spectroscopic facility WEAVE: Survey design, overview, and simulated implementation

Jin, S., ... Couto, G., ... Lam, M. I., ... Walcher, C. J., ...
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 530, 3, 2688 – Published May 2024

Paicos: A Python package for analysis of (cosmological) simulations performed with Arepo

Berlok, T., Jlassi, L., Puchwein, E., Haugbølle, T.
The Journal of Open Source Software, 9, 96, 6296 – Published April 2024

On the Origin of the Sudden Heliospheric Open Magnetic Flux Enhancement During the 2014 Pole Reversal

Heinemann, S. G., ... Hofmeister, S. J., ...
The Astrophysical Journal, 965, 2, 151 – Published April 2024

A Perspective on the Milky Way Bulge Bar as Seen from the Neutron-capture Elements Cerium and Neodymium with APOGEE

Sales-Silva, J. V., ... Chiappini, C., ...
The Astrophysical Journal, 965, 2, 119 – Published April 2024

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 discovery space of ELT-ANDES. Stars and stellar populations

Roederer, I. U., Alvarado-Gómez, J. D., ... Amazo-Gómez, E. M., Baratella, M., Barnes, S. A., ... Järvinen, S. P., ... Poppenhäger, K., ...
Experimental Astronomy, 57, 2, 17 – Published April 2024

Imaging spectroscopy of a spectral bump in a type II radio burst

Zhang, P., ... Vocks, C.
Astronomy and Astrophysics, 684, L22 – Published April 2024

FARGOCPT: 2D Multiphysics code for simulating disk interactions with stars, planets, and particles

Rometsch, T., ... Rendon Restrepo, S., ...
Astronomy and Astrophysics, 684, A192 – Published April 2024

A distinct radial acceleration relation across the brightest cluster galaxies and galaxy clusters

Tian, Y., Ko, C.-M., Li, P., McGaugh, S., Poblete, S. L.
Astronomy and Astrophysics, 684, A180 – Published April 2024

Steep-spectrum AGN in eROSITA Final Equatorial-Depth Survey (eFEDS): Their host galaxies and multi-wavelength properties

Iwasawa, K., ... Krumpe, M., ...
Astronomy and Astrophysics, 684, A153 – Published April 2024

The orbital parameters of the δ Cep inner binary system determined using 2019 HARPS-N spectroscopic data

Nardetto, N., ... Storm, J., ...
Astronomy and Astrophysics, 684, L9 – Published April 2024

Hot bubbles of planetary nebulae with hydrogen-deficient winds. III. Formation and evolution in comparison with hydrogen-rich bubbles

Schönberner, D., Steffen, M.
Astronomy and Astrophysics, 684, A105 – Published April 2024

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04.05.2024, 13:00 – 19:00
Public Event

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.

Title: "Galactic superstar clusters: a bridge to starburst conditions"

16.05.2024, 19:00 – 20:00
Public Event

Talk: A simple Recipe to make a Galaxy (Elena Sacchi)

23.05.2024, 14:30 – 15:30
Scientific
28.05.2024
Public Event

Organised by the association Förderverein Freunde und Förderer des AIP e.V. in the frame of the Bohemian Days Babelsberg.

Organised by the association Förderverein Freunde und Förderer des AIP e.V. in the frame of the Bohemian Days Babelsberg.

Organised by the association Förderverein Freunde und Förderer des AIP e.V. in the frame of the Bohemian Days Babelsberg.

13.06.2024, 14:00 – 15:30
Scientific
27.06.2024, 14:00 – 16:00
Scientific
Public Event
Scientific
Internal Event
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