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September 19, 2017
MEMS & IMAGING Summit 2017
In the framework of the LabEx project FOCUS (Focal Plane Array for Universe Sensing), IRAM will participate to the MEMS & IMAGING Summit 2017 at MINATEC in Grenoble, from September 20 to 22. FOCUS is a French research project...
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June 20, 2017
NOEMA continues array upgrade
NOEMA continues its successful array upgrade with the implementation of the 9th antenna this spring. Together with the installation of the new NOEMA wide band receivers in all existing 9 antennas, the array is ready for the installation and commissioning of the new NOEMA correlator Polyfix foreseen for the end of the summer...
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March 31, 2017
Une première image du trou noir au centre de notre galaxie?
C’est grâce à un réseau mondial de radiotélescopes qu’une équipe internationale d’astronomes essaiera en avril, une première dans l’histoire de l’astronomie, d’obtenir une image du centre de notre galaxie, là où se trouve un trou noir géant. Ce projet mondial s’appelle Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) et associe des télescopes du monde entier – de l’Europe jusqu’au pôle sud, en passant par le Chili et Hawaii. Le télescope de 30-mètres de l'IRAM est la seule station d'observation en Europe...
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March 31, 2017
Imaging the black hole at the center of our Galaxy
An international team of astronomers will join in April and try for the first time in the history of astronomy, to capture an image of the center of our galaxy, where a giant black hole lies. This worldwide project is called Event Horizon Telescope (EHT); it combines telescopes across four continents from Europe to the South Pole, through Chile and Hawaii. The IRAM 30-meter telescope is one of them...
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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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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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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 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
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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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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November 13, 2015
IRAM and ALMA link to create Earth-size virtual telescope
In a series of recent Very Long Baseline Interferometry (VLBI) observations, ALMA was succesfully linked to the IRAM 30-m antenna (located in the Sierra Nevada of southern Spain) and to NRAO's VLBA antennas in the United States.
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November 10, 2015
Inauguration of the Bure cable car: a new access to science
On 2nd of October 2015, the new cable car to the NOEMA observatory was inaugurated with the presence of participating companies, the IRAM staff and numerous officials from the partner organizations as well as local authorities and representatives.
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October 23, 2015
Ethyl alcohol and sugar in a comet!
An international team led by French researchers from LESIA and LERMA (both Observatoire de Paris) announces the first detection of ethyl alcohol (C2H5OH) and the simplest sugar, glycolaldehyde (CH2OHCHO) in comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy). Putting into evidence an important organic complexity in cometary material is provding key information to get a better understanding of the conditions that lead to the emergence of life on Earth
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October 6, 2015
IRAM reveals a large reservoir of organic material in the starless core L1544
Placed in the Taurus star forming region, at about 450 light-years from Earth, L1544 is the prototype of prestellar cores, the cold gas condensations on the verge of collapsing to form new stars. An unbiased frequency survey of this dense core has been carried out with the IRAM 30-m radiotelescope, as a part of the Large Program ASAI (Astrochemical Surveys at IRAM; Lefloch, Bachiller et al. 2015), and has recently been used by Vastel et al. (2014, 2015) to provide the full census of oxygen bearing complex organic molecules (COMs) in its central region. As an example, Figure 1 shows the richness of the spectrum in the frequency range from 81 to 89 GHz, together with the identification of the most prominent lines.
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September 1, 2015
Is the black hole in NGC 1277 really obese?
It is well known that each galaxy hosts in its nucleus a super-massive black hole, of mass equal to 0.2-1% of its bulge mass. Recently a few exceptions of over-massive black holes might have been discovered, although this is still under debate. In the lenticular galaxy NGC 1277 in the Perseus cluster, the largest black hole ever has been claimed, through stellar kinematics measurements, to be about 50% of its bulge mass! Some astronomers have contested this value...
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June 16, 2015
NOEMA discovers previously unknown extreme star formation region - the ‘Eye of Medusa’
NOEMA, the most powerful millimetre radio telescope of the Northern Hemisphere, has unveiled its first astronomical image: a unique and spectacular view of a previously unknown region of extreme star formation in the ‘Medusa merger’ – a luminous collision of two galaxies at more than 100 million light years from Earth.
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June 2, 2015
Jérôme Pety and Javier Goicoechea winners of the SF2A-SEA 2015 prize with a program of molecular astrophysics
IRAM congratulates Jérôme Pety (IRAM, France) and Javier Goicoechea (ICMM-CSIC, Spain), the winners of the SEA-SF2A 2015 prize for outstanding achievements in a French-Spanish scientific research cooperation. The winners received special recognition for the study of...
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May 19, 2015
Observational evidence for a new stage in the birth of a star: the first hydrostatic core
A research team has found very serious clues for the presence of a first hydrostatic core in a protostellar core located in the Perseus molecular cloud. The first hydrostatic core is a critical phase in the evolution pathway of a prestellar core towards the formation of a star. It’s a challenging premiere because...
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March 16, 2015
A distant galaxy cluster merger
A team of scientists using the Goddard-IRAM Superconducting 2-Millimeter Observer (GISMO) on the IRAM 30 meter telescope selected one spectacular cluster previously found by Planck to image at 30 times higher resolution than Planck’s original detection. The cluster they observed, called PLCK G147.3-16.6, was known from early X-ray follow-up observations with the ESA’s XMM-Newton telescope to be a merger of two smaller clusters. To the surprise of the scientists...
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January 20, 2015
Galactic ‘hailstorm’ in the early Universe
Astronomers have been able to peer back to the young Universe to determine how quasars – powered by supermassive black holes with the mass of a billion suns – form and shape the evolution of galaxies.
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December 4, 2013
Observing galactic 'blow out'
For the first time, an international team of astronomers has revealed the dramatic ‘blow out’ phase of galactic evolution. The astronomers discovered dense gas being blasted out of a compact galaxy (called SDSS J0905+57) at speeds of up to two million miles per hour. The gas is being driven to distances of tens of thousands of light years by the intense pressure exerted on it by the radiation of stars that are forming rapidly at the galaxy’s centre.
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November 13, 2014
Questing for black holes in the early Universe
Observations of the infant Universe have shown that the most distant galaxies discovered so far host black holes that are extremely massive, characterized by thousand of billions solar masses. These objects, known with the name of “quasars” are generally discovered through the intense X-ray radiation they emit. The mechanism responsible for the formation of these black holes is still not known. To unveil this mystery...
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October 30, 2014
Journey into the formation of a triple solar system
An international research group from LAB (CNRS / University of Bordeaux), IPAG (CNRS / Université Joseph Fourier Grenoble) and IRAM (CNRS / MPG / IGN), led the most accurate study to date, to observe the distribution of dust and gas in a multiple-star system called GG Tau-A.
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October 6, 2014
Construction of the 1st NOEMA antenna - watch this video!
Watch a video about the construction of the 1st NOEMA antenna commented by NOEMA station manager Bertrand Gautier. Welcome to the Plateau de Bure, unique plateau in Europe at 2550 meters above sea level...
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September 25, 2014
Spectacular aerial views of the Plateau de Bure Observatory!
The Plateau de Bure Observatory seen from the sky - a video documentation by DiVertiCimes
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September 25, 2014
First step for NOEMA: MPG President, INSU Director and German Ambassadress inaugurate 1st antenna!
With the official inauguration of the first of six planned NOEMA antennas on 22 September, IRAM is taking a crucial step towards one of the largest Franco-German projects in astronomy: the expansion of the Plateau de Bure observatory in the French Alps into the most powerful and most sensitive millimetre radio telescope in the northern hemisphere. The scientists are hoping that this state of the art observatory will provide answers to questions about our origins and the formation of the universe...
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September 8, 2014
Inauguration of the 1st NOEMA antenna: the program is now online
We are very pleased to announce the official inauguration of the first antenna of NOEMA, one of the biggest astronomical research projects in Europe! Read more about the programm here...
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August 28, 2014
Inauguration of the 1st NOEMA antenna, September 22, 2014
We are very pleased to announce the official inauguration of the first antenna of NOEMA, one of the biggest astronomical research projects in Europe! The inauguration will take place on September 22, 2014 at the IRAM Headquarters in presence of..
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July 22, 2014
In Memory of Peter Mezger
On July 9, 2014, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Peter Mezger passed away at the age of 85, after a long illness. As a director of the Max-Planck-Institute for Radio Astronomy in Bonn, Peter Mezger was a key figure during the creation and throughout the first 15 years of IRAM. His close relations with the French radio astronomy community allowed the French and German groups to find the mutual understanding and direct exchange necessary for the setup of such a complex co-operation.
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July 10, 2014
Les molécules interstellaires témoins de choix pour l’étude des rayons cosmiques et leur accélération par les supernovae
L'origine du rayonnement cosmique, découvert en 1912 par Victor Hess, reste en grande partie mystérieuse. Une méthode d’observation originale pour ce domaine de l’astrophysique, a été utilisée par une équipe de chercheurs. À l'aide du radiotélescope de 30m de l'IRAM, ils ont détecté, dans les nuages moléculaires voisins irradiés par la supernova W28, la signature laissée par des particules de relativement basse énergie (500 MeV) produites dans le choc associé à l'explosion de la supernova. En particulier...
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July 03, 2014
Rafael Bachiller and Bertrand Lefloch winners of the SEA-SF2A prize 2014 with an IRAM Large Program
IRAM congratulates Rafael Bachiller (OAN, Spain) and Bertrand Lefloch (IPAG, France), the winners of the SEA-SF2A prize 2014 for outstanding achievements in a French-Spanish scientific research cooperation.
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January 21, 2014
Channelling the flow: A key to the formation of super-Suns
One of the central issues in understanding how stars form is how the massive clouds of gas and dust in which stars form fragment to produce the the direct progenitors of individual stars. An international team of astronomers has used the 30m telescope of the Institut de Radioastronomie Millimétrique in Spain in order to shed new light on this long-standing issue for stars more than 10 times the mass of our Sun.
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December 10, 2013
Une nouvelle étude revisite les théories prédominantes sur les pouponnières stellaires
Une étude détaillée de la galaxie des Chiens de Chasse (M 51) a complètement bouleversé les théories prédominantes à propos des propriétés des nuages moléculaires géants. L’étude, au cours de laquelle 1500 nuages moléculaires ont été observés, montre que ces nuages moléculaires se trouvent en fait entourés d'une brume d’hydrogène moléculaire beaucoup plus dense que supposait auparavant. La pression exercée par cette brume se révèle être l’élément déterminant pour la formation stellaire au sein des nuages moléculaires.
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December 6, 2013
IRAM telescopes look after comet ISON during its journey around the Sun
While the scientific world held its breath in the final days before the perihelion passage of comet ISON, several astronomer teams made extensive use of IRAM telescopes to follow the event. This was a unique opportunity to investigate the composition of a remnant of the formation of the solar system that would be exposed to very high temperatures, up to 2500 degrees at perihelion...
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November 5, 2013
Première détection de l’acétate de méthyle dans l’espace
Pour la toute première fois dans l’espace, la molécule d’acétate de méthyle a été détectée. L'observation a eu lieu dans le nuage interstellaire de la Nébuleuse d’Orion grâce au télescope de 30 mètres de l’IRAM dans les domaines spectraux micro-onde et millimétrique. Orion est un nuage interstellaire assez « proche » de nous et il est considéré comme un bon « modèle » pour comprendre la formation d’étoiles à haute masse...
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August 28, 2013
The NOEMA project becomes reality : construction of the 7th antenna
In April 2013, the assembling of first new NOEMA antenna has started in the large assembly and maintenance hall on the Plateau de Bure.
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May 22, 2013
The Mega Galaxy Merger
An international team of astronomers has spotted a massive and rare merging of two sub-millimeter galaxies (SMGs), located about 11 billion light-year away, or a time when our universe was about 3 billion years old. The duo is colliding to form a massive galaxy roughly 10 times the size of the Milky Way.
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April 26, 2013
Galaxy Goes Green in Burning Stellar Fuel
Astronomers have spotted the most efficient maker of stars yet, a galaxy undergoing a rare phase of evolution.
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April 17, 2013
Early star factory challenges galaxy evolution theory
Herschel has discovered a galaxy in the early universe making stars more than 2000 times faster than our own Milky Way. Located 28 billion light years from Earth, it is observed at a time when the Universe was less than a billion years old. Its mere existence challenges galaxy evolution theories.
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April 5, 2013
IRAM new Director
As of 1st of April 2013, the new director of IRAM, Karl-Friedrich Schuster, and the new IRAM deputy director Frédéric Gueth have started their duties.
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January 29, 2013
Formamide, a key molecule in the life appearance, detected in the neighborhood of a sun-like forming star
A French team of scientists from the Institute of Planetology and of Astrophysics in Grenoble (IPAG, Joseph Fourier University / CNRS) and from the Research Institute in Astrophysics and Planetology (IRAP, University of Toulouse / CNRS) has just announced the presence of formamide in the gas surrounding IRAS 16293-2422, a sun-like forming star in the Rho Ophiuchi nebula. This discovery, published on January 16th, 2013 in the Astrophysical Journal Letter (ApJ 763, L38), could represent an important step in our understanding of the origin of life on Earth.
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November 29, 2012
ALMA welcomes Pierre Cox as new Director
IRAM Director Pierre Cox has been appointed as the new Director of ALMA, the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array based in the Chile. He will take up his duties as ALMA Director on April 01, 2013.
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November 23, 2012
La découverte d’une nouvelle molécule interstellaire confirme l’existence d’une raffinerie de pétrole au sein de notre galaxie
Une équipe internationale de scientifiques a détecté une nouvelle molécule interstellaire au sein de notre galaxie. Cette molécule, nommée cation propynylidynique (C3H+), fait partie de la famille des petits hydrocarbures, molécules qui entrent dans la composition de l’une des sources d’énergie les plus importantes sur notre planète : le pétrole et le gaz naturel. La découverte de cette molécule au sein de la fameuse nébuleuse de la Tête de Cheval (dans la constellation d’Orion) confirme qu'il s'agit d'une raffinerie particulièrement active de pétrole dans le milieu interstellaire.
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November 8, 2012
IRAM 7th 30m Summer School 2013 - News
The 7th IRAM 30m Summer School will be held on September 13-20, 2013 in Pradollano (Spain). The Summer School will combine lectures on millimeter astronomy with hands-on experience with the IRAM 30m telescope. Participants will form small work groups to observe a diverse set of objects of the local universe, ranging from distant galaxies...
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October 9, 2012
First announcement: 7th IRAM 30m Summer School
The 7th IRAM 30m Summer School will be held on September 20-27, 2013 in Pradollano (Spain). The school is aimed at attracting new astrophysicists to current and future single-dish mm-, submm-, and far-infrared telescopes. More information will follow soon!
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September 28, 2012
A la recherche des molécules complexes et prébiotiques dans les systèmes planétaires en formation
Une équipe internationale vient d’observer pour la première fois la molécule de cyanoacetylène (HC3N) dans des disques protoplanétaires. C’est dans ces disques de gaz et de poussières entourant des jeunes étoiles que les planètes naissent. HC3N est non seulement la molécule la plus complexe détectée à ce jour dans un disque protoplanétaire, mais elle est surtout l’un des précurseurs des molécules organiques complexes, nécessaire à l'apparition de la vie.
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September 10, 2012
8th IRAM Interferometry School - Participants list and scientific program now online!
The participants list and the scientific program are now online! The 8th IRAM millimeter interferometry school will be held October 15th-19th 2012 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.
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July 5, 2012
Les premiers pas d'une micro-étoile
Une équipe internationale vient de découvrir la toute première étape de la formation d'une naine brune. Plusieurs centaines de ces naines brunes sont aujourd'hui connues mais jusqu'ici jamais il n'avait été possible d'observer le début de la formation de ces micro-étoiles. Grâce à l'interféromètre du Plateau de Bure, les scientifiques ont pu localiser une condensation de gaz et de poussières dont la température est à peine 10 degrés au-dessus du zéro absolu et la masse seulement 2% de celle du Soleil...
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June 14, 2012
Le mystère de la galaxie HDF850.1 enfin résolue
Plus de dix ans après sa découverte, des astronomes réussissent à mesurer la distance de la galaxie HDF850.1 dans le 'Hubble Deep Field' et démontrent qu'elle appartient à un amas primitif de galaxies. La galaxie HDF850.1 est éloignée de 26 milliards d’années-lumière, bien plus loin que ce que l’on croyait, et était active lorsque l’univers avait moins de 10% de son âge actuel...
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March 29, 2012
Astronomers detect vast amounts of gas and dust around black hole in early universe
Using the IRAM Plateau de Bure array of millimetre-wave telescopes in the French Alps, a team of European astronomers from Germany, the UK and France has discovered a large reservoir of gas and dust in a galaxy that surrounds the most distant supermassive black hole known. Light from the galaxy, called J1120+0641, has taken so long to reach us that the galaxy is seen as it was only 740 million years after the Big Bang, when the universe was only 1/18th of its current age...
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March 19, 2012
Spectacular images of the IRAM Plateau de Bure Observatory
During a visit of the IRAM observatory, DiVertiCimes, an association of Grenoble photographers took spectacular images of the Plateau de Bure antennas. Have a look at our image gallery!
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March 13, 2012
8th IRAM Millimeter Interferometry School 2012
Registration for the 8th IRAM Millimeter Interferometry School is now open. It will be held October 15th-19th 2012 at the IRAM headquarters (Grenoble, France) and is intended for students, post-docs and scientists who want to acquire a good knowledge of interferometry and data reduction techniques at millimeter wavelengths. The program includes lectures on...
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October 14, 2011
IRAM ARC Node: Kick-off for ALMA Early Science Observations
ALMA scientific operations have begun on September 30, 2011, when the array started to observe the high-priority projects selected after the Cycle 0 call for proposals. Since the origin of this project in Europe, IRAM has been deeply involved in the ALMA design and construction. Some of the main recent or current contributions of the institute to ALMA include...
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August 8, 2011
The NOEMA Project
On June 28, 2011, an exceptional IRAM Executive Council was held at the Instituto Geogràfico Nacional in Madrid. During this celebratory meeting, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the IRAM Partners (CNRS, MPG and IGN) and the institute itself. The signatories expressed their common wish to extend their successful cooperation in running IRAM through the end of 2024. This extension shall include an extension of the Plateau de Bure Interferometer to a facility called the Northern Extended Millimeter Array or NOEMA. The signature of this documents represents a milestone in the history of IRAM...
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August 1, 2011
Kryo 2011: Deadline for registration has been extended!
The deadline for registration to the Meeting on Cryoelectronic Devices has been extended to August 15, 2011. Since 25 years the meeting provides an active discussion platform for the German cryoelectronic research community. Exceptionally, this year the meeting will be held near Grenoble, France. The Grenoble area hosts a large number of active research groups working...
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June 27, 2011
4th Microresonator Workshop: deadline for registration has been extended!
The Deadline for registration to the 4th Workshop on the Physics and Application of Superconducting Microresonators has been extended to July 8, 2011. Superconducting microresonators have recently generated great interest for various applications such as particle and photon detection or in circuit QED and quantum computing. Although...
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April 14, 2011
Meeting on cryoelectronic devices - October 2-4, 2011
In 2011, the yearly meeting on cryoelectronic devices will be organized by IRAM. Since 25 years the meeting provides an active discussion platform for the German cryoelectronic research community. Exceptionally, this year the meeting will be held near Grenoble, France. The Grenoble area hosts a large number of active research groups working on superconducting devices and cryotechnology. These groups are invited to participate...
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March 21, 2011
4th Microresonator Workshop, July 28-29, 2011 in Grenoble
Superconducting microresonators have recently generated great interest for various applications such as particle and photon detection or in circuit QED and quantum computing. Although some of these applications such as kinetic inductance detectors for FIR detection are close to reach system level, many questions remain to be tackled...
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March 14, 2011
IRAM Newsletter Number 76
The new issue of the IRAM Newsletter (number 76) is now online. Since the last issue, the Plateau de Bure interferometer underwent major enhancements. The refurbishment of all antennas with aluminium panels was completed. The LO reference systemwas upgraded from DRO to YIG-based oscillators...
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January 21, 2011
NOEMA sélectionné comme Equipement d'excellence
Valérie Pécresse, ministre de l'Enseignement supérieur et de la recherche, et René Ricol, commissaire général à l'investissement, ont dévoilé hier les projets lauréats de la première vague de l'appel à projets "Équipements d'excellence". Parmi les 52 projets retenus, le projet NOEMA (NOrthern Extended Millimeter Array) de l'IRAM sera doté de 10 millions d'Euros.
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January 18, 2011
6th IRAM 30m Summer School 2011 - Registration is now possible
The next IRAM 30m Summer School will be held from 23 to 30 September 2011 at Pradollano (Sierra Nevada). Applications will be accepted from young scientists with little previous experience in mm-astronomy.
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December 2, 2010
Discovery of an extremely bright dust-enshrouded galaxy in the Early Universe
At the IRAM 30-meter radio telescope, near Granada in Spain, a team of astronomers stumbled upon a totally unexpected celestial source in the course of a program designed to search for debris, in the form of cold dust, left by the formation of planets around nearby stars.
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November 23, 2010
6th IRAM 30m Summer School 2011
The next IRAM 30m Summer School will be held from 23 to 30 September 2011 at Pradollano (Sierra Nevada). The school is aimed at attracting new astrophysicists to current and future single-dish mm-, submm-, and far-infrared telescopes. Applications will be accepted from young scientists with little previous experience in mm-astronomy.
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August 26, 2010
Les étoiles massives font des vagues
En combinant le radiotélescope de 30-mètres de l’IRAM et le télescope Spitzer (NASA), une équipe d’astronomes a pu observer pour la première fois le phénomène des 'vagues' à la surface d'un nuage interstellaire dans la nébuleuse d'Orion.
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April 20, 2010
New Plateau de Bure correlator WideX now operating
We are pleased to announce the availability of WideX for astronomical observations with the Plateau de Bure Interferometer. The new digital processing hardware system executes more than 900 tera multiplications by second to process by correlation the output signals of an interferometer of up to 8 antennas and over a total instantaneous bandwidth of 64 GHz.
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April 12, 2010
Observing with ALMA - Early Science - Registration now open!
From November 29th to December 1st 2010, the IRAM node of the European ALMA Regional Center will organize a practical workshop on how to plan and analyze ALMA Early Science observations. The goal of the workshop is to provide the practical information needed to plan ALMA Early Science observations and answer the first Call for Proposals.
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April 8, 2010
7th IRAM Interferometry School 2010 - Registration is now open!
IRAM will organize this year its 7th Millimeter Interferometry School. These schools are organized every two years since 1998. The 7th school will take place at the IRAM headquarters (Grenoble, France) on October 4-8th, 2010.
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February 11, 2010
Les jeunes galaxies mangent du froid
Une équipe internationale d’astronomes a réussi à montrer que quelques milliards d’années après le Big Bang, lorsque l’Univers n’avait qu’un tiers de son âge actuel, les galaxies massives formant des étoiles contenaient cinq à dix fois plus de gaz froid que celles d’aujourd’hui. Réalisées grâce à l’interféromètre du Plateau de Bure, ces observations de grandes quantités de matière froide, élément clef dans la formation stellaire, expliquent directement les productions gigantesques d’étoiles à ces époques reculées.
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February 8, 2010
Première localisation de l’eau dans un système planétaire en formation
Pour la première fois, des astronomes ont pu localiser où se trouve l’eau dans les disques en rotation autour d’une jeune étoile, semblable à notre soleil. Ces disques, au sein desquels l’on pense que les planètes se forment, sont constitués de gaz et de poussières. La présente analyse montre, de plus, qu’ils peuvent renfermer jusqu’à cent fois la quantité d’eau contenue dans les océans terrestres. Réalisées avec l’interféromètre du Plateau de Bure, l’un des radio observatoires les plus sensibles au monde, les observations permettent ainsi de dévoiler une partie du mystère de l’origine de l’eau dans les systèmes planétaires...
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December 10, 2009
IRAM scales new heights: At 5000 meters altitude, the institute's equipments capture first fringes at ALMA
On November 5th 2009, first fringes on the high-altitude site were obtained with the band 7 receivers, measuring the continuum emission of a bright quasar, 3C454.3. The result testifies for the high quality and performances of IRAM receivers, which exhibit noise figures well below the initial ALMA specifications. With its highly recognized expertise, IRAM is one of the major partners in the construction of ALMA, a giant radio observatory in the Chilean desert...
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November 12, 2009
Mayor of Grenoble and Member of Parliament visit IRAM exhibition stand at the Fête de la Science
The photo shows Grenoble's mayor, Michel Destot, and Geneviève Fioraso, Member of the French Parliament, during their visit of the IRAM exhibition stand at the "Village des Sciences de Grenoble 2009". During 4 days and on the occasion of the French "Fête de la Science", IRAM staff members, astronomers and engineers were explaining IRAM's activities to a general public...
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September 21, 2009
30 years of IRAM - Updated conference program now online!
The updated program is now online. For more information on the program and how to reach the conference center use the button below.
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September 10, 2009
Cold interstellar clouds beat the best labs on Earth
Astronomers use an exceptionally cold gas cloud in space to measure the structure of molecules to a precision that cannot be attained in the laboratory. With the IRAM 30-meter telescope they observed...
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June 25, 2009
5th IRAM 30m Summer School
We will use the IRAM 30m telescope to observe planets, stars, dusty clouds, and whole galaxies, out to the most distant objects known today. On the way, we will discuss the key science questions on the one hand, and calibration and observing techniques on the other hand...
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May 14, 2009
IRAM detectors, tiny but great in space
ESA, the European space agency will soon launch two new scientific satellites for astronomy in a combined mission with its heavy load carrier Ariane 5. Both of them, Planck and Herschel, are equipped with the latest high technology from the Grenoble area. In particular the Herschel Space Observatory (HSO) will embark super-conducting detectors which have been designed and manufactured at the IRAM laboratories.
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February 5, 2009
Infant galaxies: small and hyperactive
When galaxies are born, do their stars form everywhere at once, or only within a small core region? Recent measurements with the Plateau de Bure Interferometer provide the first concrete evidence that star-forming regions in infant galaxies are indeed small - but also hyperactive, producing stars at astonishingly high rates.
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November 25, 2008
First detection of glycolaldehyde outside the Galactic Center
With the IRAM Plateau de Bure interferometer an international team of scientists has detected for the first time outside the Galactic center the simplest of the monosaccharide sugars: glycolaldehyde. The importance of this organic molecule remains in the fact that it can react with propenal to form ribose, a central constituent of RNA, and is, therefore, directly linked to the origin of life...
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