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



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Virtual Atomic and Molecular Data Centre Consortium

The "Virtual Atomic and Molecular Data Centre Consortium" (VAMDC Consortium) is a worldwide consortium which federates Atomic and Molecular databases through an e-science infrastructure and an organisation to support this activity (http://www.vamdc.org/structure/how-to-join-us/).

About 90% of the inter-connected databases handle data that are used for the interpretation of astronomical spectra and for the modeling in media of many fields of astrophysics. The VAMDC Consortium has connected databases from other fields such as the radiation damage and the plasma communities.

The infrastructure is composed of several key components :

  • The Portal is a central access point to look for data. It provides a graphical user interface where users can build queries that are distributed to all the relevant databases at the same time.
  • The species database is a repository of all the atomic and molecular species available in VAMDC. It is populated by gathering daily the chemical species available from each database composing the infrastructure. The species database provides a fast and convenient way to discover where data are located.
  • Each database in the infrastructure is queryable through a web service. They are registered in the VAMDC registry

As a major actor in the field of atomic and molecular physics, the LERMA laboratory is a central element in both the governance and the technical maintenance and evolution of the infrastructure. A team of a senior astronomer and 3 software engineers is involved on different aspects :

  • Marie-Lise Dubernet Tuckey (Astronomer) : current chair of the board of director, scientific coordination.
  • Yaye Awa Ba (computer engineer) : development of the Spectcol software and the Basecol VAMDC node, web manager of the VAMDC website
  • Nicolas Moreau (computer engineer) : development of the VAMDC portal and species database, evolution of standards (convergence with IVOA standards), interface with node managers, co-chair of the technical board
  • Carlo-Maria Zwolf (computer engineer ) : executive director of VAMDC, development of the VAMDC querystore, co-chair of Group of European Data Experts in the Research Data Alliance (RDA) and co-chair of the Federation Identity Management Interest Group in the RDA

Séminaires à venir

Vendredi 28 février 2020, 14h00
Salle de l'atelier, Paris
Filament Paradigm and Galactic Star Formation
Shu-ichiro INUTSUKA
Nagoya University
résumé :
Recent observations have emphasized the importance of the formation and evolution of magnetized filamentary molecular clouds in the process of star formation. Theoretical and observational investigations have provided convincing evidence for the formation of molecular cloud cores by the gravitational fragmentation of filamentary molecular clouds. Thus, the mass function and rotations of molecular cloud cores should be directly related to the properties of the filamentary molecular cloud, which determines the initial size and mass distribution of a protoplanetary disk around a protostar created in a core. In this talk I explain our current understanding of the star formation processes in the Galactic disk, and summarize various processes that are required in describing the filamentary molecular clouds to understand the star formation rate/efficiency, the stellar
initial mass function, and the angular momentum distribution of protoplanetary disks in their early evolutionary phase.
Vendredi 20 mars 2020, 14h00
Salle de l'atelier, Paris
The challenges of observing the Epoch of Reionization and Cosmic Dawn
Kateyn institute
résumé :
Low-frequency observations of the redshifted 21cm line promise to open a new window onto the first billion years of cosmic history, allowing us to directly study the astrophysical processes occurring during the Epoch of Reionization (EoR) and the Cosmic Dawn (CD). This exciting goal is challenged by the difficulty of extracting the feeble 21-cm signal buried under astrophysical foregrounds orders of magnitude brighter and contaminated by numerous instrumental systematics. Several experiments such as LOFAR, MWA, HERA, and NenuFAR are currently underway aiming at statistically detecting the 21-cm brightness temperature fluctuations from the EoR and CD. While no detection is yet in sight, considerable progress has been made recently. In this talk, I will review the many challenges faced by these difficult experiments and I will share the latest development of the LOFAR Epoch of Reionization and NenuFAR Cosmic Dawn key science projects.
Vendredi 17 avril 2020, 14h00
Salle de l'atelier, Paris
Patricia TISSERA
Universidad Andres Bello, Santiago, Chili
Vendredi 24 avril 2020, 14h00
Salle de l'atelier, Paris
Philippe ANDRE
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