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



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Terahertz Instrumentation and Remote Sensing

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It includes research activities in three directions :
- Terahertz instrumentation for ground-based and space telescopes
- Earth remote sensing using multiple satellite observations
- data processing and virtual observations

The Instrument group at LERMA is a key international player in milllimeter to THz components and instrumentation, with active participation in space borne missions within international collaborations. Its main goal is to advance basic knowledge in THz devices, and to develop new technologies or circuit concepts in order to be able to propose some instruments as PI or as a key partner. This group has always worked at the frontier of electronics in terms of frequency and sensitivity. It is specialized in millimeter to THz heterodyne components and receivers, which provides unique insight in the physics and chemistry, in particular of the interstellar medium and the atmosphere of planets, including the Earth.

The Software Instrumental activity of this pole focuses on the modeling of the instrumentation, the processing of the data, and the development of Virtual Observation strategies. The data come both from instruments (e.g., ALMA, NOEMA, Planck, SKA) and from numerical simulations. The activity includes all the aspects and problems related to data consolidation, data storage and perpetuation, data diffusion and sharing.

The Earth and Planet Remote Sensing component revolves around the microwave to millimeter wave radiometry from satellites, for the characterization of the Earth atmosphere and surface. Different aspects are covered, including the analysis of satellite observations, the modeling of the radiative transfer, and the development of inversion methods. It is based on collaboration with the instrument group and projects couple science and instrument studies. The group works on both atmospheric and surface analysis, using microwave observations but also exploring the synergies between visible, infrared and microwave observations. We produce geophysical variables (e.g., soil moisture, inundation extent, emissivity) over long time series at a global scale, or for use by the climate and meteorological communities. We are also involved in the analysis of satellite observations of planet, using similar methodologies.

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
Pierre GUILLARD
IAP
 
Vendredi 5 juillet 2019, 14h00
Salle de l'atelier, Paris
Self-generated UV in molecular shocks
Andrew LEHMANN
ENS
 
Vendredi 20 septembre 2019, 14h00
----------, 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.


 
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