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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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AIP scientists receive two awards from the German Astronomical Society

The German Astronomical Society (AG), the professional society for astronomy and astrophysics in Germany, recognises scientific achievements at the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) in this year's award ceremony: The Instrument Development Award goes to Professor Martin Roth, and Dr Anke Arentsen receives the Doctoral Thesis Award.

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Astrophotonics – an emerging field of astrophysics

Guest-edited by Dr Aline Dinkelaker and Dr Aashia Rahman in an international editorial team, two renowned journals in the area of optics and photonics have published a joint feature issue on the topic of astrophotonics, one of the research fields of innoFSPEC Potsdam at the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP).

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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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Superflares: less harmful to exoplanets than previously thought

Superflares, extreme radiation bursts from stars, have been suspected of causing lasting damage to the atmospheres and thus habitability of exoplanets. A newly published study found evidence that they only pose a limited danger to planetary systems, since the radiation bursts do not explode in the direction of the exoplanets.

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The German Astronomical Society (AG), the professional society for astronomy and astrophysics in Germany, recognises scientific achievements at the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) in this year's award ceremony: The Instrument Development Award goes to Professor Martin Roth, and Dr Anke Arentsen receives the Doctoral Thesis Award.

Dr Aline Dinkelaker and Dr Aashia Rahman guest-edited a feature issue on the topic of astrophotonics, one of the research fields of innoFSPEC Potsdam at the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP).

Superflares, extreme radiation bursts from stars, have been suspected of causing lasting damage to the atmospheres and thus habitability of exoplanets. A newly published study found evidence that they only pose a limited danger to planetary systems, since the radiation bursts do not explode in the direction of the exoplanets.

 

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Latest Publications

Simulations of cosmic ray propagation

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

Searching For Transiting Planets Around Halo Stars. I. Sample Selection and Validation

Kolecki, J. R., ... Ilyin, I., Strassmeier, K. G.
The Astronomical Journal, 162, 4, 125 – Published October 2021

Giant white-light flares on fully convective stars occur at high latitudes

Ilin, E., Poppenhaeger, K., Schmidt, S. J., Järvinen, S. P., ... Alvarado-Gómez, J. D., ... Ilyin, I.
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 507, 2, 1723 – Published October 2021

The proper motion of Andromeda from Gaia EDR3: confirming a nearly radial orbit

Salomon, J.-B., ... Libeskind, N. I., ...
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 507, 2, 2592 – Published October 2021

Role of host galaxy in the formation of multiple stellar populations: analysis of NGC 1786 and NGC 1898

Vanaraj, V., Niederhofer, F., Goudfrooij, P.
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 507, 1, 282 – Published October 2021

Searching water megamasers by using mid-infrared spectroscopy (I): Possible mid-infrared indicators

Lam, M. I., Walcher, C. J., ...
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 506, 4, 5548 – Published October 2021

The detectability of strong 21-cm forest absorbers from the diffuse intergalactic medium in late reionization models

Šoltinskí, T., ... Keating, L. C., ... Puchwein, E., ...
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 506, 4, 5818 – Published October 2021

Massive stars in extremely metal-poor galaxies: a window into the past

Garcia, M., ... Castro, N., ...
Experimental Astronomy – Published September 2021

The Gaia-ESO Survey: Galactic evolution of lithium from iDR6

Romano, D., ... Guiglion, G., Chiappini, C., ...
Astronomy and Astrophysics, 653, A72 – Published September 2021

The DECam Local Volume Exploration Survey: Overview and First Data Release

Drlica-Wagner, A., ... Miller, A. E., ... Bell, C. P. M., ... Cioni, M.-R. L., ...
The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series, 256, 1, 2 – Published September 2021

The Pristine survey - XII. Gemini-GRACES chemo-dynamical study of newly discovered extremely metal-poor stars in the Galaxy

Kielty, C. L., ... Sestito, F., Starkenburg, E., ... Arentsen, A., ...
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 506, 1, 1438 – Published September 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, 506, 1, 1355 – Published September 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, 506, 1, 229 – Published September 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, 506, 1, 202 – Published September 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, 506, 1, 215 – Published September 2021

The GALAH+ survey: Third data release

Buder, S., ... Buck, T., ...
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 506, 1, 150 – Published September 2021

Cepheid Metallicity in the Leavitt Law (C- MetaLL) survey: I. HARPS-N@TNG spectroscopy of 47 Classical Cepheid and 1 BL Her variables

Ripepi, V., ... Trentin, E., ... Storm, J.
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society – Published August 2021

Central kinematics of the Galactic globular cluster M80

Göttgens, F., ... den Brok, M., ... Krajnovic, D., Weilbacher, P. M.
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society – Published August 2021

The rapidly oscillating Ap star γ Equ: linear polarization as an enhanced pulsation diagnostic?

Hubrig, S., Järvinen, S. P., Ilyin, I., Strassmeier, K. G., Schöller, M.
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society – Published August 2021

The VMC survey - XLIII. The spatially resolved star formation history across the large magellanic cloud

Mazzi, A., ... Cioni, M.-R. L., ... Bell, C. P. M., ...
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society – Published August 2021

ExoClock project: an open platform for monitoring the ephemerides of Ariel targets with contributions from the public

Kokori, A., ... Mallonn, M., ...
Experimental Astronomy – Published August 2021

CAPOS: The bulge Cluster APOgee Survey. I. Overview and initial ASPCAP results

Geisler, D., ... Starkenburg, E., ...
Astronomy and Astrophysics, 652, A157 – Published August 2021

[α/Fe] traced by H II regions from the CALIFA survey. The connection between morphology and chemical abundance patterns

Sánchez, S. F., ... Walcher, C. J., ...
Astronomy and Astrophysics, 652, L10 – Published August 2021

Gaia Early Data Release 3. Gaia photometric science alerts

Hodgkin, S. T., ... Schwope, A., ...
Astronomy and Astrophysics, 652, A76 – Published August 2021

Rotation periods for cool stars in the open cluster NGC 3532. The transition from fast to slow rotation

Fritzewski, D. J., Barnes, S. A., James, D. J., Strassmeier, K. G.
Astronomy and Astrophysics, 652, A60 – Published August 2021

Tracing satellite planes in the Sculptor group. I. Discovery of three faint dwarf galaxies around NGC 253

Martínez-Delgado, D., ... Pawlowski, M. S., ...
Astronomy and Astrophysics, 652, A48 – Published August 2021

Abundance-age relations with red clump stars in open clusters

Casamiquela, L., ... Chiappini, C., ...
Astronomy and Astrophysics, 652, A25 – Published August 2021

A calibration of the Rossby number from asteroseismology

Corsaro, E., ... Khalatyan, A.
Astronomy and Astrophysics, 652, L2 – Published August 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, 505, 3, 3273 – Published August 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, 505, 3, 3295 – Published August 2021

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

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