2017 News

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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August 04, 2017
IRAM Call for Proposals - Winter 2017/2018
The new call for proposals for the winter 2017/2018 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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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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May 5, 2017
Summer 2017 ratings are now online
The IRAM program committee convened in Granada on April 25 and 26 to evaluate the proposals submitted for the summer 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.
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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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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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