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March 7, 2017
Beyond the appearances: The anatomy of the Orion Jedi revealed by radio-astronomy
Using the IRAM 30-meter radio-telescope, an international team of astronomers has obtained the most comprehensive radio-survey of the Orion B star-forming region, famous for hosting the iconic Horsehead and Flame nebulae. Through a careful dissection of the cloud into regions of different molecular composition, they shed new light on how the darkest and coldest inner parts give birth to new stars. Following mankind's tradition of associating characters with features on the sky, the radio astronomy view of Orion B seems to show the skeleton of a fighting Star Wars Jedi!
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March 3, 2017
IRAM reveals phosphorus molecular compounds in the solar-type star-forming region L1157
The IRAM 30-meter radiotelescope was used to lead a systematic search for molecules containing phosphorus (P) towards L1157-B1, a shock wave front created by the propagation of a supersonic jet emanating from a solar-type protostar. Several spectral lines of phosphorus mononitride (PN) were detected and, for the first time in a solar-type star-forming region, the lines of phosphorus monoxyde (PO), a molecule of high biological interest.
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February 14, 2017
IRAM Call for Proposals - Summer 2017
The new call for proposals for the summer 2017 is available. A detailed description of the observing capabilities of the 30m telescope and the current status of the NOEMA interferometer are given...
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January 30, 2017
IK Tau, a dying star at the origin of prebiotic molecules ?
An international research team has discovered rare molecules in the envelope of the oxygen rich star IK Tau, confirming that this type of evolved star has a much more complex chemistry than expected. After several observing campaigns from 2009 to 2013 with the IRAM 30-meter telescope, the data revealed the presence of, approximately, 350 spectral emission lines that belong to nearly 20 molecular species bearing elements...
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January 16, 2017
RadioNet Programme Received Funding from the European Commission
RadioNet, the European Programme for radio astronomy, has been awarded a grant of 10 million Euro for the next 4 years from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. As one of RadioNet's major partner institutions, IRAM will be the leading participant and coordinator of AETHRA, a joint research programme that will exploit cutting edge technologies for next generation receivers...
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January 12, 2017
NIKA captures the merging of galaxy clusters
A team of researchers from the NIKA consortium has obtained for the first time an image of the gas velocity in a merging cluster of galaxies. These observations open a new way to study the formation of the largest structures in the Universe, formed through the most energetic events since the Big Bang.
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December 13, 2016
Concours CNAP 2017
Les coloriages annoncés par l'INSU lors de l'ouverture du concours CNAP 2017 incluent : ANO3 IRAM/NOEMA et ALMA Regional Center. Les descriptions des tâches proposées par l'IRAM sont données ci-dessous. Ces projets sont menés par des équipes relativement petites et il est indispensable d'être entièrement intégré dans leur travail quotidien pour mener à bien ces tâches de service. La participation active à ces activités...
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October 27, 2016
Winter 2016/2017 ratings are now online
The IRAM program committee convened in Grenoble on October 19 and 20 to evaluate the proposals submitted for the winter 2016/2017 scheduling period. The discussions were organized in 2 panels which were chaired by Javier Goicoechea (ICMM-CSIC, Madrid) and Ric Davies (MPE, Garching). The authors of each proposal will be informed shortly by email, including the comments issued by the committee. As usual, the proposals were classified A (accepted), B (backup), and C (rejected).
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October 1, 2016
Discover the IRAM 30 meter telescope!
A virtual visit of the IRAM 30 meter telescope and its surroundings as well as spectacular aerial views of the observatory, located on Pico Veleta in the Spanish Sierra Nevada...
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September 8, 2016
Zooming into the skin of the Orion hunter
Combining the information from the ALMA interferometer and the IRAM 30-meter telescope, an international team of astronomers obtained the most detailed image of the Orion Bar, the frontier between the atomic and molecular gas in the closest massive star forming region from the solar system.
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September 2, 2016
University of Michigan and IRAM agree to collaborate on NOEMA
The University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, USA) and IRAM, the Institute for Radio Astronomy in the Millimeter Range (Grenoble, France) have finalized the signature of a collaboration agreement in the area of Millimeter Astronomy and in particular for NOEMA, the Northern Extended Millimeter Array project. The agreement, which runs for five years, will serve to strengthen and accelerate the scientific and technological progress generated by NOEMA.
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August 30, 2016
The most distant cluster of galaxies in the Universe
Through a unique combination of observations made by the largest telescopes in the world, an international collaboration led by researchers from the Astrophysics Department- AIM Laboratory of CEA-IRFU has detected the most distant galaxy cluster ever discovered in the Universe . Back 11.5 billion years in the past of the Universe, the snapshot of this cluster shows 17 galaxies in a strong starburst activity, a period of intense star formation. This is the first time such a structure, captured at the time of its formation, is detected as far away, when the universe was "only" 2.5 billion years.
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July 28, 2016
IRAM Call for Proposals - Winter 2016/2017
The new call for proposals for the winter 2016/2017 is available. A detailed description of the observing capabilities of the 30m telescope and the current status of the NOEMA interferometer are given...
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July 21, 2016
Expanding molecular bubble unveiling the mysterious origin of Tycho's supernova remnant
An international team of astronomers from China, UK, and Canada has discovered an expanding molecular gas bubble surrounding the remnant of Tycho’s supernova with the IRAM 30-meter telescope. This is the very first unambiguous detection of an expanding bubble driven by the progenitor star of a Type Ia supernova, and an important clue to understanding the mysterious origin of this historical supernova and its remnant.
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June 21, 2016
IRAM opens a new spectral window on the Universe
The spectral range from 71 to 80 GHz is of fundamental importance for a number of questions in the extragalactic and galactic research areas but, despite of this, is one of the few spectral windows that remained inaccessible to interferometers. While the IRAM 30m telescope started in the winter semester 2015/2016, after the EMIR upgrade offering the possibility to observe in this spectral window,
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June 14, 2016
First detections of the key prebiotic molecule P-O in star-forming regions
An international group of scientists from the Arcetri Astrophysical Observatory (INAF-OAA, Florence, Italy), the Center of Astrobiology (CAB-CSIC, Madrid, Spain) and the Max-Plank Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics (MPE, Garching, Germany) has detected for the first time the prebiotic molecule P-O in star-forming regions. This molecule plays a key role in the double helix structure of DNA, and is therefore directly linked to the origin of life in the Universe.
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April 28, 2016
Summer 2016 ratings now online
The Summer 2016 ratings are now online. The IRAM program committee convened in Granada on April 19 and 20 to evaluate the proposals submitted for the summer 2016 scheduling period. The discussions were organized in 2 panels which were chaired by Javier Goicoechea (ICMM-CSIC, Madrid) and Ric Davies (MPE, Garching). The authors of each proposal will be informed shortly by email, including the comments issued by the committee. As usual, the proposals were classified A (accepted), B (backup), and C (rejected).
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April 28, 2016
And then they were 8... NOEMA stays on track
NOEMA has seen the successful deployment of the 8th antenna early April with first fringes on all baselines detected only 10 days later on the 19th of April. The NOEMA project stays on track with the ambitious timescales for construction, commissioning and integration of its future antennas.
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April 20, 2016
9th IRAM Millimeter Interferometry School
The 9th IRAM millimeter interferometry school will be held October 10th-14th 2016 at the IRAM headquarters (Grenoble, France). It is intended for students, post-docs and scientists who want to acquire a good knowledge of interferometry and data reduction techniques at millimeter wavelengths, with a special emphasis on the NOEMA interferometer.
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March 24, 2016
Sulfur monoxide, a key to unlocking the birth sites of future planets?
NOEMA and IRAM 30-m radiotelescope observations have provided the very first detection of sulfur monoxide (SO) in a protoplanetary disk. The IRAM 30-m radiotelescope observations were performed in the frame of ASAI, an IRAM Large Program led by R.Bachiller (OAN/Spain) and B.LeFloch (IPAG/France). Follow up NOEMA observations were obtained by an international collaboration led by A.Fuente and S.Pacheco (OAN/Spain).
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March 03, 2016
IRAM Science Software User Meeting, April 6th-8th, IRAM Grenoble headquarters
The IRAM Science Software team will present the projects that were developed in the past 5 years and the projects that will be delivered in the next few years.
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February 23, 2016
Concours CNAP 2016
Les coloriages annoncés par l'INSU lors de l'ouverture du concours CNAP 2016 incluent les tâches "IRAM/NOEMA" et "ALMA Regional Center". Les descriptions des tâches proposées par l'IRAM sont données ci-dessous. Les deux projets sont menés par des équipes relativement petites et il est indispensable d'être entièrement intégré dans leur travail quotidien pour mener à bien ces tâches de service.
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February 16, 2016
Call for Proposals, Summer 2016
The new call for proposals for the summer 2016 is available. A detailed description of the observing capabilities of the 30m telescope and the current status of the NOEMA interferometer are given...
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January 11, 2016
The shadow of the Flying Saucer: A very low temperature for large dust grains.
ALMA and IRAM-30m observations of carbon monoxide (CO) were used to determine a very low temperature of large dust grains in the disk around a young star in the Ophiuchus star forming region. These observations were conducted by an international team, led by a scientist at the Laboratoire d'Astrophysique de Bordeaux.
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January 05 & February 05, 2016
NIKA 2 - A revolutionary imaging instrument for millimeter waves sees first light
NIKA 2, the second generation Neel-IRAM-KID-Array, is a dual band camera operating simultaneously at 150 and 260 GHz. The instrument is based on large arrays of superconducting Kinetic Inductance Detectors (KID) operated at temperatures of 100 mK. NIKA 2 is built by an international consortium, led by the Institute Neel (Grenoble France).
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