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Main partners and collaborations

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LERMA develope numerous collaborations both national and international

  • Major agencies and institutions in charge of space missions and major ground-based facilities having collaborations with LERMA: IRAM, ESO, CEA, CNES, ESA, NASA
  • Main collaborating laboratories and institutes: most of Ile-de-France laboratories, in particular members of the 7 “Laboratoires d’Excellence” (LabEx), in which LERMA participates:
    - Plas@Par: Plasma Physics in Paris (UPMC)
    - ESEP: Exploration Spatiale des Environnements Planétaires (Paris Observatory)
    - First-TF: Recherche, Innovation, Formation, Services et Transfert en Temps-Fréquence (CNRS)
    - ICFP: International Center of Fundamental Physics (ENS)
    - ILP: Institut Lagrange de Paris (UPMC)
    - L-IPSL: Labex Institut Pierre Simon Laplace (IPSL)
    - MIChem: Multiscale Interactions in Chemistry (UPMC)

Séminaires à venir

Vendredi 26 février 2021, 14h00
Téléconférence via Zoom,
Morphological Transformations and Quenching in Galaxies : from Simulations to Observations
LERMA-Observatoire de Paris-PSL
résumé :
The origins of the relation between galaxy structure and star formation is still debated. I will discuss recent efforts to advance in our understanding of how massive galaxies change their morphology and quench from z~3. Using several state of the art deep learning techniques, we try to link hydrodynamic cosmological simulations with observations from deep surveys to constrain the physical conditions and evolutionary tracks of galaxies.

Vendredi 5 mars 2021, 14h00
Visioconférence via Zoom,
Laboratory astrophysics studies of VUV and X-ray induced photodesorption from interstellar ice analogues
Mathieu BERTIN
résumé :
The recent advances in space and ground based telescopes (ALMA, NOEMA…) have allowed the detection of more and more molecules in the gas phase in the coldest regions of the interstellar medium - ISM (star-forming regions, protoplanetary disks…). The puzzling detection of these gaseous species, including small organic molecules, in media where the temperature is very low (~ 10-100 K), is currently a major and still open question, directly linked to the astrochemical richness. Most of the observed molecules are indeed expected to either directly form or accrete on the surface of dust grains, and cannot thermally desorb in the regions where they are detected. Their observation requires thus non-thermal desorption processes, among which the desorption induced by UV or X-ray photons – so-called photodesorption – is a promising candidate. However, its role still needs to be clarified, especially in the case of the desorption of small organics molecules for which both the quantitative yields and the underlying mechanisms are lacking.

I will present the outcomes of recent laboratory astrophysics studies base on the use of the monochromatic and tunable synchrotron radiation, dedicated to understand and quantify the photodesorption processes in both the vacuum UV (7-13,6 eV) and soft X-rays (500 – 1500 eV) energy ranges. The role played by the photon energy and of the molecular ice composition on the desorption yields will be highlighted, and a special focus will be made on the case of photodesorption of complex organics molecules.

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