2017 News

December 8, 2017
IRAM and two Chinese partner institutions have signed a Scientific Cooperation Agreement in the framework of the NOEMA project
IRAM, the Institute for Radio Astronomy in the Millimeter Range (Grenoble, France) has signed two cooperation agreements with the University of Nanjing (China) and the Purple Mountain Observatory (Chinese Academy of Sciences). The primary goal of these agreements is to strengthen cooperation in the Millimeter Astronomy, and in particular in the framework of NOEMA...
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December 6, 2017
The most distant black hole in the cosmos
Astronomers have discovered the most distant quasar known, which is so far from us that its light has taken more than 13 billion years to reach us. We see this quasar as it was a mere 690 million years after the Big Bang, and its light carries valuable information about the early history of the universe...
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November 30, 2017
IRAM closes in on NOEMA's full potential: PolyFiX and the Nine Antenna Array
We are very pleased to announce the successful implementation of the wideband high-performance correlator PolyFiX in concert with the nine antenna array. The commissioning of PolyFIX represents the next crucial milestone in the quest for ever higher sensitivity. The very first observations of a line survey at high-redshift in the 3mm-band are given below as a foretaste of NOEMA's full potential that is now within grasp.
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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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