2009 News

December 13, 2009
First Fringes with the new Plateau de Bure correlator WideX!
We are pleased to announce first astronomical light with WideX 1st unit on December 13, 2009. A team of IRAM astronomers and engineers was able to observe stable fringes towards the quasar 3C454.3 with WideX and the narrow band correlator on all fifteen baselines of the Plateau de Bure interferometer...
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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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September 25, 2009
Program of the IRAM Users' Meeting now online!
Taking up the opportunity of the IRAM 30 years anniversary, the IRAM Scientific Advisory Committee organizes an IRAM users' meeting on the day after (Thursday 1st of October). IRAM staff and five members of the IRAM Scientific Advisory Committee will be present...
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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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August 3, 2009
Call for proposals for the winter semester 2009/10
The call for proposals for the winter semester 2009/10 is now online!
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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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