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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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We are colourful: The AIP participates in Pride Day 2022

At the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP), people not only of different nationalities but also of different sexual orientations or identities work closely together. On Pride Day Germany 2022, the AIP visibly shows to the outside world how a respectful and tolerant working atmosphere is lived at the Babelsberg campus.

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Astronomical treasure chest: Digitization project for photographic plates completed

The fourth and final data release of the APPLAUSE project offers a total of 94,000 digitized astronomical photographic plates, which were analysed and catalogued using modern methods like machine learning. In addition to scans of plates from Bamberg and the Karl Schwarzschild Observatory near Jena, digitized images from the Vatican Observatory now become available for the first time.

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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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The puzzling link between star formation and radio emission in galaxies

On the 50th anniversary of the discovery of a close connection between star formation in galaxies and their infrared and radio radiation, researchers at the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) have now deciphered the underlying physics. To this end, they used novel computer simulations of galaxy formation with a complete modelling of cosmic rays.

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At the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP), people not only of different nationalities but also of different sexual orientations or identities work closely together. On Pride Day Germany 2022, the AIP visibly shows to the outside world how a respectful and tolerant working atmosphere is lived at the Babelsberg campus.

The fourth and final data release of the APPLAUSE project offers a total of 94,000 digitized astronomical photographic plates, which were analysed and catalogued using modern methods like machine learning. In addition to scans of plates from Bamberg and the Karl Schwarzschild Observatory near Jena, digitized images from the Vatican Observatory now become available for the first time.

On the 50th anniversary of the discovery of a close connection between star formation in galaxies and their infrared and radio radiation, researchers at the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) have now deciphered the underlying physics. To this end, they used novel computer simulations of galaxy formation with a complete modeling of cosmic rays.

 

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Latest Publications

Survey of Open Data Concepts Within Fundamental Physics: An Initiative of the PUNCH4NFDI Consortium

Enke, H. et al.
Computing and Software for Big Science, 6, 1, 6 – Published December 2022

Reionization time of the Local Group and Local-Group-like halo pairs

Sorce, J. G., ... Gottlöber, S., ...
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 515, 2, 2970 – Published September 2022

LyC escape from SPHINX galaxies in the Epoch of Reionization

Rosdahl, J., ... Keating, L. C., ...
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 515, 2, 2386 – Published September 2022

Hydromagnetic waves in an expanding universe - cosmological MHD code tests using analytic solutions

Berlok, T.
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 515, 3, 3492 – Published September 2022

The evolutionary state of the chemically peculiar members of the open cluster NGC 2516

Kharchenko, N. V., Piskunov, A. E., Hubrig, S., Schöller, M.
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 515, 2, 3094 – Published September 2022

Reliability and limitations of inferring birth radii in the Milky Way disc

Lu, Y., Buck, T., Minchev, I., Ness, M. K.
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 515, 1, L34 – Published September 2022

New globular cluster candidates in the M81 group

Pan, J., ... de Jong, R. S., ...
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 515, 1, 48 – Published September 2022

The 'Giraffe': Discovery of a stripped red giant in an interacting binary with a 2 M lower giant

Jayasinghe, T., ... Ilyin, I., ...
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society – Published August 2022

Space-weather-driven Variations in Lyα Absorption Signatures of Exoplanet Atmospheric Escape: MHD Simulations and the Case of AU Mic b

Cohen, O., Alvarado-Gómez, J. D., ...
The Astrophysical Journal, 934, 2, 189 – Published August 2022

Abundance analysis of APOGEE spectra for 58 metal-poor stars from the bulge spheroid

Razera, R., ... Souza, S. O., Chiappini, C., Queiroz, A. B. A., ... Valentini, M., ...
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society – Published August 2022

The WISE-2MASS Survey: Red Quasars Into the Radio Quiet Regime

Glikman, E., ... Urrutia, T., ...
The Astrophysical Journal, 934, 2, 119 – Published August 2022

The Active Galactic Nuclei in the Hobby-Eberly Telescope Dark Energy Experiment Survey (HETDEX). I. Sample Selection

Liu, C., ... Krumpe, M., ...
The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series, 261, 2, 24 – Published August 2022

Seismic modelling of the pulsating mercury-manganese star HD 29589

Niemczura, E., ... Hubrig, S., ...
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 514, 4, 5640 – Published August 2022

Hermeian haloes: Field haloes that interacted with both the Milky Way and M31

Newton, O., Libeskind, N. I., ... Sorce, J. G., ... Steinmetz, M., ...
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 514, 3, 3612 – Published August 2022

The UV 2175Å attenuation bump and its correlation with PAH emission at z 2

Shivaei, I., ... Weilbacher, P. M.
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 514, 2, 1886 – Published August 2022

The DECam Local Volume Exploration Survey Data Release 2

Drlica-Wagner, A., ... Miller, A. E., ...
The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series, 261, 2, 38 – Published August 2022

The VMC Survey - XLIX. Discovery of a population of quasars dominated by nuclear dust emission behind the Magellanic Clouds

Pennock, C. M., ... Cioni, M.-R. L., ...
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society – Published July 2022

A new reference catalogue for the very metal-poor Universe: +150 OB stars in Sextans A

Lorenzo, M., ... Castro, N.
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society – Published July 2022

The REACH radiometer for detecting the 21-cm hydrogen signal from redshift z ≈ 7.5-28

de Lera Acedo, E., ... Puchwein, E., ...
Nature Astronomy – Published July 2022

Simulating radio synchrotron emission in star-forming galaxies: small-scale magnetic dynamo and the origin of the far-infrared-radio correlation

Pfrommer, C., Werhahn, M., Pakmor, R., Girichidis, P., Simpson, C. M.
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society – Published July 2022

The pristine dwarf-galaxy survey - IV. probing the outskirts of the dwarf galaxy Boötes I

Longeard, N., ... Starkenburg, E., ...
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society – Published July 2022

Discovery of a Cool, Metal-rich Gas Reservoir in the Outskirts of z ≍ 0.5 Clusters

Mishra, S., Muzahid, S.
The Astrophysical Journal, 933, 2, 229 – Published July 2022

Structural Parameters and Possible Association of the Ultra-faint Dwarfs Pegasus III and Pisces II from Deep Hubble Space Telescope Photometry

Richstein, H., ... Sacchi, E., ...
The Astrophysical Journal, 933, 2, 217 – Published July 2022

COMAP Early Science. VII. Prospects for CO Intensity Mapping at Reionization

Breysse, P. C., ... Keating, L., ...
The Astrophysical Journal, 933, 2, 188 – Published July 2022

COMAP Early Science. V. Constraints and Forecasts at z 3

Chung, D. T., ... Keating, L. C., ...
The Astrophysical Journal, 933, 2, 186 – Published July 2022

COMAP Early Science. I. Overview

Cleary, K. A., ... Paladini, R., ...
The Astrophysical Journal, 933, 2, 182 – Published July 2022

Numerical Investigations of Catastrophe in Coronal Magnetic Configuration Triggered by Newly Emerging Flux

Chen, Y., ... Ziegler, U.
The Astrophysical Journal, 933, 2, 148 – Published July 2022

First Hard X-Ray Imaging Results by Solar Orbiter STIX

Massa, P., ... Schuller, F., Warmuth, A., ...
Solar Physics, 297, 7, 93 – Published July 2022

Reconstruction of the Solar Activity from the Catalogs of the Zurich Observatory

Illarionov, E., Arlt, R.
Solar Physics, 297, 7, 79 – Published July 2022

One Star to Tag Them All (OSTTA). I. Radial velocities and chemical abundances for 20 poorly studied open clusters

Carrera, R., ... Baratella, M., ...
Astronomy and Astrophysics, 663, A148 – Published July 2022

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04.09.2022 – 09.09.2022
Scientific

The 7th installment of a successful series of workshops will bring together the scientists and engineers who develop, produce, implement and operate the most advanced imaging sensors used in scientific instrumentation. The focus is given to the fields of astronomy and earth sciences.

07.09.2022 – 09.09.2022
Scientific

The AIP aims to bring together the astrophysics community to discuss exoplanet atmospheres in high spectral resolution in its Thinkshop series. We therefore invite scientists to come to Potsdam to discuss the latest techniques for observations, their analysis, and the next-generation instruments in September 2022. The AIP is a member of the ELT-ANDES consortium.

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Sept. 4, 2022 – Sept. 9, 2022
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March 20, 2023 – March 24, 2023