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Laboratoire d’Études du Rayonnement et de la Matière en Astrophysique et Atmosphères



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Interstellar Medium and Plasmas

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What processes drive the evolution of interstellar matter in the Milky Way and in other galaxies ? What roles do the turbulence, the magnetic field, the cosmic rays, and the radiation field play in this evolution ? Those fundamental questions for modern Astrophysics now appear at many spatial scales and for a great variety of environments : from the galactic scales where the diffuse gas collapse to form the precursors of new stars ; down to the scale of proto-planetary disks where the central star strongly interacts with the surrounding matter ; and even in the stars themselves where the transport mechanisms are still unknown. To study all these astronomical objects, the group « Interstellar Medium and Plasmas » of the LERMA combine theoretical works, numerical modeling, 3D simulations, and observations of interstellar environments at high spectral and angular resolutions.

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On the observational side, our group is specialized in the treatment and the analysis of the data obtained with the most advanced space and ground-based observatories. Our expertise is particularly strong in the infrared and sub-millimeter domains which reveal the emission of atoms, molecules and interstellar dust. We have therefore been deeply involved in the recent successes and findings of Herschel and Planck space observatories, which we now follow up by collecting data with the new generation of instruments (in particular, APEX, ALMA, and soon NOEMA).

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On the numerical side, the codes developed in our group are internationally renowned as state-of-the-art tools for the analysis of interstellar matter and the interpretation of observational data. Our expertise extends from the conception of 3D numerical simulations of magnetohydrodynamics, which we run using high-level computational capacities (e.g. PRACE, MesoPSL), to the development of advanced numerical models. The strength of those models, which we provide to the community through the ISM and jets platform, is to solve a great number of microphysical processes at play in the interstellar medium, with prescriptions based on the results of laboratory experiments and theoretical studies which are partly performed in our laboratory.


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1. Turbulence & magnetic field

2. Matter / photon interactions

3. Stellar plasmas and laboratory astrophysics

4. Prestellar cores

5. Protostars, debris & jets

6. Accretion & ejection in stars


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Séminaires à venir

Vendredi 20 septembre 2019, 14h00
Atelier, Paris
Challenging a Newtonian prediction through Gaia wide binaries
Xavier HERNANDEZ
UNAM, Mexico
résumé :
Under Newtonian dynamics, the relative motion of the components of a binary star should follow a Keplerian scaling with separation. Once orientation effects and a distribution of ellipticities are accounted for, dynamical evolution can be modelled to include the effects of Galactic tides and stellar mass perturbers. This furnishes a prediction for the relative velocity between the components of a binary and their projected separation. After reviewing recent work evidencing the existence of a critical acceleration scale in Elliptical Galaxies and Globular Clusters, I will show new results showing such a phenomenology in Gaia wide binaries using the latest and most accurate astrometry available. The results are consistent with the Newtonian prediction for projected separations below 7000 AU, but inconsistent with it at larger separations, where accelerations are expected to be lower than the critical a0 value of MONDian gravity. This result challenges Newtonian gravity at low accelerations and shows clearly the appearance of gravitational anomalies of the type usually attributed to dark matter at galactic scales, now at much smaller stellar scales.


 
Vendredi 11 octobre 2019, 14h00
Salle de l'atelier, Paris
Galaxy clusters and proto-clusters at z>1.5
Simona MEI
LERMA
résumé :
We will give a short overview of the field and present recent results on galaxy stellar population and morphology in clusters and proto-clusters detected as overdensities around radio-loud AGN at z>1.5 from the CARLA (Clusters Around Radio-Loud AGN) survey. Galaxy clusters in the local Universe predominantly host a population of massive, passive early-type galaxies, which formed the bulk of their stellar populations at redshifts z~2-3. The progenitors of the present-day clusters are clusters and proto-clusters at z>1.5 that are still in the process of assembling. CARLA is the largest homogeneous sample of spectroscopically confirmed clusters and proto-clusters currently available, with 16 clusters and proto-clusters that cover the redshift range 1.6<z<2.8. At these redshifts, we can observe changes in the cluster and proto-cluster galaxy populations both in morphology and star formation quenching. Our results are based on observations with HST/WFC3 and observations of the cold gas around the AGN and in surrounding galaxies with IRAM/NOEMA, ALMA and Keck KWCI. We will compare our sample to samples observed at the same wavelengths and obtained with other selection criteria.
 
Vendredi 18 octobre 2019, 14h00
Salle de l'atelier, Paris
Tba
Fiorella POLLES
LERMA
 
Vendredi 29 novembre 2019, 14h00
Salle de l'atelier, Paris
The size of galaxies in the era of ultra-deep imaging
Nushkia CHAMBA
Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias
résumé :
While the effective radius is a robust parameter, its use to
characterise galaxy sizes has provided a counter-intuitive definition of
what the actual extent of a galaxy is. Current deep imaging therefore
offers a unique opportunity to critically review the convention that the
size of a galaxy is its effective radius and rethink how one best
measures the extent of galaxies using a physically motivated parameter.
We introduce a new definition of galaxy size based on the gas density
threshold for star formation in galaxies. Remarkably, our new size
definition not only captures what the human visual system identifies as
the edge of a galaxy, but also dramatically decreases the scatter in the
stellar mass - size plane by a factor of three. Our size parameter
unifies galaxies spanning five orders of magnitude in stellar mass on a
single mass-size relationship. To demonstrate the implications of our
results, we show that ultra-diffuse galaxies have the same sizes as
regular dwarfs when a size indicator that describes the global structure
of galaxies is used. This work may be extended for larger samples of
galaxies using upcoming wide, deep imaging surveys.
 
Vendredi 6 décembre 2019, 14h00
Salle de l'atelier, Paris
Is accretion-driven turbulence a key process for galaxy growth ?
Pierre GUILLARD
IAP
 
Vendredi 13 décembre 2019, 14h00
Salle de l'atelier, Paris
Falsifying the concordance of cosmology with the large-scale structures
Benjamin L'HUILLIER
Yonsei University, Seoul
 
Vendredi 24 janvier 2020, 14h00
Salle de l'atelier, Paris
Tba
Benoît TABONE
Leiden
 
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