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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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175th anniversary of the discovery of Neptune

23 September 2021 marks the 175th anniversary of the discovery of the most distant planet in the solar system. The Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) celebrates this event with a lecture by Professor Matthias Steinmetz on the history of the discovery in the series of virtual Babelsberg Starry Nights on YouTube.

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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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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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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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23 September 2021 marks the 175th anniversary of the discovery of the most distant planet in the solar system. The Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) celebrates this event with a lecture by Professor Matthias Steinmetz on the history of the discovery in the series of virtual Babelsberg Starry Nights on YouTube.

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).

 

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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

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

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, 507, 4, 4788 – Published November 2021

Implications of the z > 5 Lyman-α forest for the 21-cm power spectrum from the epoch of reionization

Raste, J., ... Keating, L. C., ...
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 507, 4, 4684 – Published November 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, 508, 1, L17 – Published November 2021

Alignment of the magnetic field in star-forming regions and why it might be difficult to observe

Girichidis, P.
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 507, 4, 5641 – Published November 2021

MusE GAs FLOw and Wind (MEGAFLOW) VIII. Discovery of a MgII emission halo probed by a quasar sightline

Zabl, J., ... Wisotzki, L., ... Wendt, M., ... Muzahid, S., ...
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 507, 3, 4294 – Published November 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

On the road to percent 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 – Published September 2021

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

Martig, M., ... Minchev, I., ...
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society – Published September 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 – Published September 2021

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

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

APOGEE-2 Discovery of a Large Population of Relatively High-metallicity Globular Cluster Debris

Fernández-Trincado, J. G., ... Queiroz, A. B. A., Chiappini, C., ...
The Astrophysical Journal, 918, 2, L37 – 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

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

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21.09.2021, 18:00 – 20:00
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The Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) invites you to an evening all about astronomy on International Tuesday. Scientists from the institute will give an insight into their field of research, playing music on a rainbow and invite the public to join in. From observing the Sun to stars in the Milky Way and other galaxies, the researchers guide us through the fascinating science that tries to unlock the secrets of our universe.

23.09.2021, 14:30 – 03.09.2021, 15:30
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23.09.2021, 18:00 – 19:00
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Talk (in German): The discovery of Neptune (Matthias Steinmetz)

23.09.2021, 18:00 – 19:00
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Talk (in German): The discovery of Neptune (Matthias Steinmetz)

30.09.2021, 14:30 – 15:30
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05.10.2021 – 06.10.2021
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Dynamics of Solar and Stellar Convection Zones and Atmospheres (IAU Symposium 365)

May 23, 2022 – May 27, 2022