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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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Giant planets could reach “maturity” much earlier than previously thought

An international team of scientists has successfully measured the masses of the giant planets of the V1298 Tau system, which is just 20 million years old. The study now published in Nature Astronomy delivers the first evidence that these objects can reach their final size within their first millions of years of evolution.

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Solar Orbiter - Earth flyby

The space probe Solar Obiter, carrying on board the X-ray telescope STIX developed with the participation of the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP), approaches Earth in a flyby manoeuvre on 27 November 2021 for the first time since the start of its journey almost two years ago and then begins the scientific part of its mission to explore the Sun.

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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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Starlight catching system for 4MOST is unpacked in Potsdam

With construction for 4MOST, an instrument for spectroscopic sky surveys, underway, its first major subsystem arrived at the Babelsberg campus of the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) and is now being unpacked and assembled.

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An international team of scientists has successfully measured the masses of the giant planets of the V1298 Tau system, which is just 20 million years old. The study now published in Nature Astronomy delivers the first evidence that these objects can reach their final size within their first millions of years of evolution.

The space probe Solar Obiter, carrying on board the X-ray telescope STIX developed with the participation of the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP), approaches Earth in a flyby manoeuvre on 27 November 2021.

With construction for 4MOST, an instrument for spectroscopic sky surveys, underway, its first major subsystem arrived at the Babelsberg campus of the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) and is now being unpacked and assembled.

 

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Latest Publications

Dancing in the void: hydrodynamical N-body simulations of the extremely metal-poor galaxy DDO 68

Pascale, R., ... Sacchi, E., ...
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 509, 2, 2940 – Published January 2022

Astraeus IV: quantifying the star formation histories of galaxies in the Epoch of Reionization

Legrand, L., ... Gottlöber, S., ...
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 509, 1, 595 – Published January 2022

The MBHBM Project - II. Molecular gas kinematics in the lenticular galaxy NGC 3593 reveal a supermassive black hole

Nguyen, D. D., ... den Brok, M., ...
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 509, 2, 2920 – Published January 2022

Ionizing radiation from AGNs at z > 3.3 with the Subaru Hyper Suprime-Cam Survey and the CFHT Large Area U-band Deep Survey (CLAUDS)

Iwata, I., ... Micheva, G., ...
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 509, 2, 1820 – Published January 2022

Spatially Resolving the Star Formation Histories of Three Nearby Nuclear Star Clusters

Hannah, C. H., ... Kacharov, N., ... den Brok, M.
The Astronomical Journal, 162, 6, 281 – Published December 2021

Two striking head-tail galaxies in the galaxy cluster IIZW108: insights into transition to turbulence, magnetic fields, and particle re-acceleration

Müller, A., Pfrommer, C., ...
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 508, 4, 5326 – Published December 2021

MUSEQuBES: characterizing the circumgalactic medium of redshift ≍3.3 Ly α emitters

Muzahid, S., ... Wendt, M., Wisotzki, L., ...
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 508, 4, 5612 – Published December 2021

Presence of red giant population in the foreground stellar substructure of the Small Magellanic Cloud

James, D., ... Omkumar, A. O., ... Cioni, M.-R. L., ... El Youssoufi, D., ... Niederhofer, F., ...
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 508, 4, 5854 – Published December 2021

Lyman-α transmission properties of the intergalactic medium in the CoDaII simulation

Gronke, M., ... Sorce, J. G., ...
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 508, 3, 3697 – Published December 2021

The challenge of simultaneously matching the observed diversity of chemical abundance patterns in cosmological hydrodynamical simulations

Buck, T., ... Pfrommer, C., Steinmetz, M., ...
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 508, 3, 3365 – Published December 2021

On the road to per cent accuracy - V. The non-linear power spectrum beyond ΛCDM with massive neutrinos and baryonic feedback

Bose, B., ... Pfeifer, S., ...
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 508, 2, 2479 – Published December 2021

NGC 5746: Formation history of a massive disc-dominated galaxy

Martig, M., ... Minchev, I., ...
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 508, 2, 2458 – Published December 2021

Dynamical modelling of the twisted galaxy PGC 046832

den Brok, M., Krajnović, D., Emsellem, E., Brinchmann, J., Maseda, M.
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 508, 4, 4786 – Published December 2021

Cosmic rays and non-thermal emission in simulated galaxies - III. Probing cosmic-ray calorimetry with radio spectra and the FIR-radio correlation

Werhahn, M., Pfrommer, C., Girichidis, P.
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 508, 3, 4072 – Published December 2021

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, 508, 3, 4047 – Published December 2021

Simulations of cosmic ray propagation

Hanasz, M., Strong, A. W., Girichidis, P.
Living Reviews in Computational Astrophysics, 7, 1, 2 – Published December 2021

Spectrally resolved cosmic rays - II. Momentum-dependent cosmic ray diffusion drives powerful galactic winds

Girichidis, P., Pfrommer, C., Pakmor, R., Springel, V.
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society – Published November 2021

The effect of inhomogeneous reionisation on the Lyman-α forest power spectrum at redshift z > 4: implications for thermal parameter recovery

Molaro, M., ... Keating, L. C., Puchwein, E., ...
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society – Published November 2021

Time domain astronomy with the THESEUS satellite

Mereghetti, S., ... Krumpe, M., ...
Experimental Astronomy – Published November 2021

Cross-checking SMBH mass estimates in NGC 6958 - I. Stellar dynamics from adaptive optics-assisted MUSE observations

Thater, S., Krajnović, D., Weilbacher, P. M., ...
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society – Published November 2021

Gas flows in galaxy mergers: supersonic turbulence in bridges, accretion from the circumgalactic medium, and metallicity dilution

Sparre, M., Whittingham, J., ... Pfrommer, C., ...
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society – Published November 2021

Disentangling the Physical Origin of Emission Line Ratio Offsets at High Redshift with Spatially Resolved Spectroscopy

Hirtenstein, J., ... Schmidt, K., ...
The Astrophysical Journal, 922, 1, 12 – Published November 2021

A 99 minute Double-lined White Dwarf Binary from SDSS-V

Chandra, V., ... Schwope, A., ...
The Astrophysical Journal, 921, 2, 160 – Published November 2021

A Kiloparsec-scale Molecular Wave in the Inner Galaxy: Feather of the Milky Way?

Veena, V. S., ... Schuller, F., ...
The Astrophysical Journal, 921, 2, L42 – Published November 2021

OGHReS: Large-scale filaments in the outer Galaxy

Colombo, D., ... Schuller, F., ...
Astronomy and Astrophysics, 655, L2 – Published November 2021

Gaia-ESO survey: Lithium abundances in open cluster Red Clump stars

Magrini, L., ... Guiglion, G., ...
Astronomy and Astrophysics, 655, A23 – Published November 2021

Resolved Nuclear Kinematics Link the Formation and Growth of Nuclear Star Clusters with the Evolution of Their Early- and Late-type Hosts

Pinna, F., ... Walcher, C. J.
The Astrophysical Journal, 921, 1, 8 – Published November 2021

The Baryonic Tully-Fisher Relation in the Local Group and the Equivalent Circular Velocity of Pressure-supported Dwarfs

McGaugh, S. S., ... Pawlowski, M. S.
The Astronomical Journal, 162, 5, 202 – Published November 2021

The evolution of merger fraction of galaxies at z < 0.6 depending on the star formation mode in the AKARI NEP-Wide Field

Kim, E., ... Miyaji, T., ...
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 507, 3, 3113 – Published November 2021

The VMC survey - XLIV: mapping metallicity trends in the large magellanic cloud using near-infrared passbands

Choudhury, S., ... Cioni, M.-R. L., ... Miller, A. E., Niederhofer, F., ...
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 507, 4, 4752 – Published November 2021

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Talk (in German): Comment check - Habitable Planets around Brown Dwarfs (Ralf-Dieter Scholz)

09.12.2021, 14:30 – 15:30
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14.12.2021, 13:00 – 14:15
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Talk (in German): Das Schicksal junger Planeten: Wie Sterne ihre Planeten formen (Laura Ketzer)

27.01.2022, 14:30 – 15:30
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Dynamics of Solar and Stellar Convection Zones and Atmospheres (IAU Symposium 365)

May 23, 2022 – May 27, 2022