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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.

Select one of the following links to know more about our activities

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 14 juin 2019, 14h00
Salle de l'atelier, Paris
Astronomie au Pôle Sud en 1984 : la mission EMILIE
Jean-Michel LAMARRE
Observatoire de Paris/LERMA
résumé :
En 1984 une équipe du CNRS soutenue par l’INAG (INSU aujourd’hui), en association avec l’Université du Delaware et l’appui du programme antarctique des USA, a installé l’expérience EMILIE pour quelques semaines au Pôle Sud géographique pour y effectuer les premières observations astronomiques en ondes submillimétriques. Les conditions d’altitude et de température font du Pôle Sud un site unique pour ce domaine spectral, mais les conditions d’accès en sont particulièrement difficiles et les questions logistiques y occupent une place vitale, au sens propre.

Le récit de ces premières observations sera replacé dans ce contexte particulier et dans le cadre géographique exceptionnel de ce continent. On s’appuiera pour cela sur les cahiers de manip et sur des photos de la mission, mais on ne se privera pas d’utiliser les images les plus spectaculaires et les données les plus récentes de la recherche polaire, ni d’ailleurs celles de "l’âge héroïque" de l’exploration de l’Antarctique.

L’expérience EMILIE fut pour ses participants une étape importante du long apprentissage technique et scientifique qui a donné naissance au satellite Planck. On doit aussi y voir les prémices de l’observatoire submillimétrique aujourd’hui en activité au Pôle Sud, le « dark sector » de la station Amundsen-Scott.

Vendredi 21 juin 2019, 14h00
Salle de l'atelier, Paris
Accretion-driven turbulence and observational signatures
Vendredi 5 juillet 2019, 14h00
Salle de l'atelier, Paris
Self-generated UV in molecular shocks
Vendredi 20 septembre 2019, 14h00
----------, Paris
Challenging a Newtonian prediction through Gaia wide binaries
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.

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