LERMA UMR8112

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



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Le LERMA (Laboratoire d’Etudes du Rayonnement et de la Matière en Astrophysique et Atmosphères) est une unité mixte de recherche (UMR 8112) commune au CNRS et à 4 établissements d’enseignement supérieur : l’Observatoire de Paris (OP), l’École normale supérieure (ENS), l’Université Pierre et Marie Curie (UPMC - Paris 6) et l’Université de Cergy-Pontoise (UCP). Ces 4 établissements hébergent les différences composantes du LERMA.


Organisation du laboratoire et thématiques



Le LERMA est organisé en 4 Pôles thématiques de recherche et 1 pôle support.



Son école doctorale principale de rattachement est l’ED 127, Astronomie et Astrophysique d’Île de France, mais ses étudiants appartiennent aussi à 4 autres écoles doctorales (ED 129, 391, 564 PIF et 417).



"Galaxies et cosmologie" (OP)
- Univers primordial
- Formation et évolution des galaxies
- Amas de galaxies
- Matière noire
- Noyaux actifs, formation stellaire et rétroaction dans les galaxies


"Dynamique des milieux interstellaires et plasmas stellaires" (ENS, OP, UPMC)
- Caractérisation observationnelle du cycle interstellaire
- Modélisation de la condensation du milieu interstellaire, du gaz diffus aux étoiles et disques
- Diagnostics chimiques de la dynamique interstellaire
- Turbulence et transport radiatif dans les plasmas (circum-)stellaires


"Molécules dans l’Univers" (UPMC, UCP, OP)
- Interactions gaz-surfaces
- Processus collisionnnels en phase gazeuse
- Anomalies de rapports isotopiques et de spin nucléaires
- Paramètres moléculaires pour les atmosphères terrestre, planétaires et le milieu interstellaire


"Instrumentation et télédétection" (OP)
- Composants et sous-systèmes THz
- Instruments hétérodynes THz
- Caractérisation des atmosphères claires, nuageuses et pluvieuses
- Caractérisation des surfaces de la Terre, des planètes et des comètes
- Traitement, archivage et valorisation des données


Effectifs (Janvier 2017)
• 46 Ingénieurs et techniciens (dont 10 sous contrat)
• 10 astronomes (dont 2 émérites)
• 32 enseignants chercheurs (dont 3 émérites et 3 sous contrat)
• 21 chercheurs (dont 7 émérites)
• 7 post-doctorants
• 41 doctorants


Quelques résultats marquants récents


- Salomé, Q., Salomé, P., Combes, F., Hamer, S., Heywood , I. : 2016, <a href=’http ://www.aanda.org/articles/aa/abs/2016/02/aa26409-15/aa26409-15.html’>Star formation efficiency along the radio jet in Centaurus A, A&A 586, A45

PNG - 223.6 ko


- The earliest phase of star formation, captured through its bipolar ejection activity (Gerin et al. 2015 A&A 577, L2). La toute première étape de la formation d’une étoile, révélée par son éjection bipolaire (Gerin et al. 2015 A&A 577, L2).


- New method for measuring the diffusion and desorption energy of atoms and (Minissale, M., Congiu, E., & Dulieu, F. 2016, A&A, 585 A146). Nouvelle méthode pour mesurer l’énergie de diffusion et de désorption des atomes et radicaux (Minissale, M., Congiu, E., & Dulieu, F. 2016, A&A, 585 A146).


- Les premières mesures expérimentales directes de la photodésorption des glaces de méthanol ont montré des taux très inférieurs à ce qui était considéré jusqu’alors, et révélé la désorption de radicaux comme H3CO pouvant influencer l’astrochimie des molécules complexes.

Bertin, C. Romanzin, M. Doronin, L. Philippe, P. Jeseck, N. Ligterink, H. Linnartz, X. Michaut, and J-H. Fillion. 2016. “UV photodesorption of methanol in pure and co-rich ices : desorption rates of the intact molecule and of the photofragments”. <a href=’http ://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.3847/2041-8205/817/2/L12/meta ;jsessionid=FC5DCA0A74B28E67EDBD54FE02EB9D21.c4’>The Astrophysical Journal 817 (2). IOP Publishing : L12. doi:10.3847/2041-8205/817/2/L12.

- First results on a 1200 GHz Schottky receiver prototype for JUICE-SWI (Maestrini, A., et al 2016). Les premiers résultats sur le prototype de récepteur Schottky à 1200 GHz pour JUICE-SWI (Maestrini, A., et al 2016).

Séminaires à venir

Vendredi 30 novembre 2018, 14h00
Salle de l'atelier, Paris
Multiscale star-formation in the Ophiuchus Molecular Cloud: from molecular clouds to brown-dwarfs formation
Bilal LADJELATE
IRAM
résumé :
From molecular clouds to stars, every step of the evolution of young stars can be observed in the submillimetric range. The Herschel Space Telescope observed, as part of the Herschel Gould Belt Survey, many molecular clouds. When these molecular clouds are fragmenting, dense prestellar cores accumulating dust and gas are forming and contracting. We performed a census of prestellar dense cores in the Ophiuchus Molecular Cloud, which appear to be coupled with filamentary structures, as part of the paradigm of star-formation inside interstellar filaments. The region was not previously known as filamentary, despite the observation of protostellar alignments. This molecular cloud is under the heavy feedback of active stars nearby seen in the structure of the molecular cloud. Oph B-11, detected with interferometric observations, is a brown dwarf precursor, which final mass will not be important enough for the final star to burn hydrogen. Their formation mechanism is not well constrained, we must find and characterize a first candidate pre-brown dwarf. Oph B-11 was detected along a nearby shock, we characterize chemically. Moreover, higher resolution studies with ALMA show a structured molecular environment and help us constrain the mechanism of formation of this kind of objects. These observations show a series of shocks in different tracers, spatially coincident with the detected position of the pre-brown dwarf, in favour of the gravo- turbulent scenario for the formation of brown dwarfs. I will discuss the legacy of Herschel in the Ophiuchus region in the filament paradigm of star-formation, and the future of these studies with the advent of new instruments, like NIKA2 and its polarimetry facility.
 
Vendredi 21 décembre 2018, 14h00
Salle de l'atelier, Paris
Astrochemistry in star forming regions : new modeling approaches
Emeric BRON
LERMA
résumé :
Star-forming regions present rich infrared and millimeter spectra emitted by the gas exposed to the feedback of young stars. This emission is increasingly used to study the star formation cycle in other galaxies, but results from a complex interplay of physical and chemical processes : chemistry in the gas and on grain surfaces, (de)excitation processes of the atoms and molecules, heating and cooling balance,... Its understanding thus requires detailed astrochemical models that include the couplings between these processes. In this talk, I will present several examples where new modeling approaches of specific processes and their couplings proved crucial to solve persistent observational riddles : from the driving role of UV irradiation in the dynamics of photodissociation regions (PDR) to the efficient reformation of molecular hydrogen in these regions.
 
Mardi 15 janvier 2019, 11h00
Salle de l'atelier, Paris
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Thresholds for Globular Cluster Formation and their Dominance of Star Formation in the Early-Universe
Bruce ELMEGREEN
IBM Research Division
résumé :
Young massive clusters (YMCs) are usually accompanied by lower-mass clusters and unbound stars with a total mass equal to several tens times the mass of the YMC. If this was also true when globular clusters (GCs) formed, then their cosmic density implies that most star formation before redshift ~2 made a GC that lasted until today. Star-forming regions had to change after this time for the modern universe to be making very few YMCs. Here we consider the conditions needed for the formation of a ~10^6 Msun cluster. These include a star formation rate inside each independent region that exceeds ~1 Msun/yr to sample the cluster mass function up to such a high mass, and a star formation rate per unit area of Sigma_SFR ~ 1 Msun/kpc^2/yr to get the required high gas surface density from the Kennicutt-Schmidt relation, and therefore the required high pressure from the weight of the gas. High pressures are implied by the virial theorem at cluster densities. The ratio of these two quantities gives the area of a GC-forming region, ~1 kpc^2, and the young stellar mass converted to a cloud mass gives the typical gas surface density of 500-1000 Msun/pc^2. Observations of star-forming clumps in young galaxies are consistent with these numbers, suggesting they formed today's GCs. Observations of the cluster cut-off mass in local galaxies agree with the maximum mass calculated from Sigma_SFR. Metal-poor stellar populations in local dwarf irregular galaxies confirm the dominant role of GC formation in building their young disks.
 
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