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



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Galaxies and Cosmology

par Françoise Combes - publié le , mis à jour le

This pole has several themes of research, which can be gathered in :

  1. The early universe : inflation, cosmic backgrounds, reionization
  2. Dark matter : Cold, warm or modified gravity ?
  3. Galaxy formation : high-z early galaxies, secular evolution and mergers
  4. Black holes and galaxies : AGN, starbursts, symbiotic growth and feedback
  5. Star formation efficiency, history and stellar populations

See Activities of the group for more details

The pole Galaxies and Cosmology includes a group working on the cosmic microwave background (CMB), who has a major role in the Planck mission, another group working on the standard model of the Universe, the inflation theory compared to observations. Another team studies through numerical simulations the epoch of reionization of the Universe (EoR, cf Fig 1), and in particular the preparation of SKA (Embrace prototype, key projects on pathfinders, etc..). Pioneering work has been done on cooling flows and the presence of cold molecular gas near the brightest cluster galaxies. The nature of dark matter, and investigation on alternative theories of modified gravity have been probed through galaxy dynamics and observations. A thorough study of AGN fueling and feedback has been carried out, addressing black hole growth history and galaxy evolution.

Figure 1 : Simulations de l’émission HI-21cm pendant l’Epoque de Réionisation (EoR). Exemple de surface de section du cône de lumière à 21-cm : dTb à partir de la simulation brute (à gauche) , dTb avec le bruit et la résolution de SKA (milieu) et dTb avec le bruit et la résolution de LOFAR (à droite). Les couleurs montrent la température de brilliance différentielle Tb en mK.

Another team works both on the observation of local galaxies, the physics of galaxies in clusters, galaxies at high redshift (cf Fig 2), and on the dynamical theories for the evolution and formation of galaxies, on large-scale star formation and the cosmic star formation history.
Multi-wavelengths observations are used extensively, in the millimeter and centimeter with the instruments of IRAM, the VLA and now ALMA since 2011-12, infrared and far-infrared with the satellites Spitzer and Herschel, optical and near-infrared with the CFHT and ESO. Team members are leaders in key programs, such as the NUGA consortium on the IRAM interferometer, the consortium PrimGal on the VLT, or major programs at IRAM (which will be completed by NOEMA in the near future) on distant galaxies, and the observation of galaxies at large z with APEX, Plateau de Bure and ALMA, which data are now frequently arriving to the various groups. One group is actively preparing for the SKA.

Figure 2 : Un des objets de l’échantillon dans le Grand Programme PHIBSS de l’IRAM PdB à z = 1.2 A gauche : Superposition de la carte de CO (en rouge, obtenue avec l’interféromètre de l’IRAM), avec les images en bande I (en vert) et la bande V (en bleu) obtenues avec le télescope spatial Hubble. La raie CO(3-2), décalée vers le rouge à 2 mm, a été observée avec une résolution angulaire de 0,6 "x0.7" (indiqué par l’ellipse grise hachurée). A droite : Champ de vitesse de la galaxie : bleu indique la vitesse négative (côté en approche), et la vitesse rouge positif (côté en récession).

One specialty of the pole is also heavy numerical simulations, and the team competed at a very high level in the HORIZON project program of formation of galaxies in a cosmological context. Always larger and more impressive simulations are now going on with the supercomputers at GENCI (Curie at CEA, IDRIS, CINES), and locally use of the meso-center and local momentum cluster is favoring the exploitation and post-processing.

Figure 3 : La galaxie spirale barrée NGC 1433, cartographiée avec ALMA en CO(3-2). The trou noir central super-massif est un noyau actif (AGN), qui rejette du gaz moléculaire, et modère la formation d’étoiles.

Voir en ligne : Activities of the group

Séminaires à venir

Vendredi 3 avril 2020, 14h00
Salle de l'atelier, Paris
The great dimming of Betelgeuse in 2019-2020
Miguel MONTARGES
KU Leuven, Institute of Astronomy
résumé :
Red supergiant stars are important contributors to the chemical enrichment of the Universe. Together with asymptotic giant branch stars, their lower mass counterpart, they contribute ~ 85% of gas and ~ 35% of dust to the total enrichment of the interstellar medium. Moreover, the stellar wind has a crucial impact on the final mass, hence on the nature of the compact remnant left after the supernova: a 20 solar mass star can loose up to 60% of its mass during its life. Yet the mechanism at the origin of the red supergiant mass loss remains unknown: there is no physical scenario to lift material from the photosphere up to the dust condensation zone where radiative pressure on small grains can drive the wind.

In November-December 2019, the prototypical red supergiant Betelgeuse started an impressive dimming that brought it to 37% of its average optical brightness in February 2020. It is dimmer than this star has been since quantitative magnitude measurements have been recorded (150 years). We have observed Betelgeuse at high angular resolution during this peculiar event with the VLT/SPHERE, VLTI/GRAVITY and VLTI/MATISSE instruments. I will present the first results of this multi-wavelength and multi-technique campaign and bring them in the context of the study of the red supergiant mass loss.
 
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
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Philippe ANDRE
CEA
 
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