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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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Discovery of the largest rotation in the universe

By mapping the motion of galaxies in huge filaments that connect the cosmic web, astronomers at the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP), in collaboration with scientists in China and Estonia, have found that these long tendrils of galaxies spin on the scale of hundreds of millions of light years.

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Virtual Babelsberg Starry Night

The next lecture of the virtual Babelsberg Starry Nights of the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) will be broadcasted starting on Thursday, 20 May 2021 on the YouTube channel "Urknall, Weltall und das Leben". 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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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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By mapping the motion of galaxies in huge filaments that connect the cosmic web, astronomers at the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP), in collaboration with scientists in China and Estonia, have found that these long tendrils of galaxies spin on the scale of hundreds of millions of light years.

The next lecture of the virtual Babelsberg Starry Nights of the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) will be broadcasted starting on Thursday, 20 May 2021 on the YouTube channel "Urknall, Weltall und das Leben". Please note that the lecture will be given in German.

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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Latest Publications

The size and pervasiveness of Ly α-UV spatial offsets in star-forming galaxies at z ∼ 6

Lemaux, B. C., ... Schmidt, K. B., ...
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 504, 3, 3662 – Published July 2021

Deciphering the origin of ionized gas in IC 1459 with VLT/MUSE

Mulcahey, C. R., Prichard, L. J., Krajnović, D., Jorgenson, R. A.
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 504, 4, 5087 – Published July 2021

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

Original Research by Young Twinkle Students (ORBYTS): ephemeris refinement of transiting exoplanets

Edwards, B., ... Mallonn, M., ...
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 504, 4, 5671 – Published July 2021

On the Use of Field RR Lyrae as Galactic Probes. III. The α-element Abundances

Crestani, J., ... Storm, J., ...
The Astrophysical Journal, 914, 1, 10 – Published June 2021

Stellar Winds Drive Strong Variations in Exoplanet Evaporative Outflow Patterns and Transit Absorption Signatures

Harbach, L. M., ... Alvarado-Gómez, J. D., ...
The Astrophysical Journal, 913, 2, 130 – Published June 2021

Abundance Patterns of α and Neutron-capture Elements in the Helmi Stream

Limberg, G., ... Queiroz, A. B. A., Chiappini, C., ...
The Astrophysical Journal, 913, 2, L28 – Published June 2021

Coronal Conditions for the Occurrence of Type II Radio Bursts

Kouloumvakos, A., ... Warmuth, A., ... Mann, G., ...
The Astrophysical Journal, 913, 2, 99 – Published June 2021

Calibration of the Hα Age-Activity Relation for M Dwarfs

Kiman, R., ... Schmidt, S. J., ...
The Astronomical Journal, 161, 6, 277 – Published June 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

MusE GAs Flow and Wind (MEGAFLOW) VI. A study of C iv and Mg ii absorbing gas surrounding [O ii] emitting galaxies

Schroetter, I., ... Wendt, M., Muzahid, S., ... Schmidt, K. B., Wisotzki, L.
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society – Published May 2021

The impact of magnetic fields on cosmological galaxy mergers. I: Reshaping gas and stellar discs

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

Chronologically dating the early assembly of the Milky Way

Montalbán, J., ... Chiappini, C., ...
Nature Astronomy – Published May 2021

The high energy Universe at ultra-high resolution: the power and promise of X-ray interferometry

Uttley, P., ... Poppenhäger, K., ...
Experimental Astronomy – Published May 2021

Astraeus - II. Quantifying the impact of cosmic variance during the Epoch of Reionization

Ucci, G., ... Gottlöber, S., ...
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society – Published May 2021

Cosmic rays and non-thermal emission in simulated galaxies. I. Electron and proton spectra compared to Voyager-1 data

Werhahn, M., Pfrommer, C., Girichidis, P., Puchwein, E., Pakmor, R.
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society – Published May 2021

Cosmic rays and non-thermal emission in simulated galaxies. II. γ-ray maps, spectra and the far-infrared-γ-ray relation

Werhahn, M., Pfrommer, C., Girichidis, P., Winner, G.
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society – Published May 2021

Astraeus III: The environment and physical properties of reionization sources

Hutter, A., Dayal, P., Legrand, L., Gottlöber, S., Yepes, G.
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society – Published May 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 Source of Leaking Ionizing Photons from Haro11: Clues from HST/COS Spectroscopy of Knots A, B, and C

Östlin, G., ... Micheva, G., ...
The Astrophysical Journal, 912, 2, 155 – Published May 2021

The Photometric Metallicity and Carbon Distributions of the Milky Way's Halo and Solar Neighborhood from S-PLUS Observations of SDSS Stripe 82

Whitten, D. D., ... Youakim, K., ...
The Astrophysical Journal, 912, 2, 147 – Published May 2021

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24.06.2021, 14:30 – 15:30
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Talk (in German): Distant Suns and their planets - a magnetic Tango (Ekaterina Illin)

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Talk (in German): Distant Suns and their planets: a magnetic Tango (Ekaterina Illin)

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Dynamics of Solar and Stellar Convection Zones and Atmospheres (IAU Symposium 365)

May 23, 2022 – May 27, 2022