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Interstellar Matter and Cosmology

Welcome to the pages of the team Matière Interstellaire et Cosmologie (MIC) !


The team is made of two groups, Matière interstellaire (Interstellar Matter) and Cosmologie (Cosmology). Our research activities span a broad range of fields, from the physics of interstellar dust grains to the cosmology of the primordial universe. Details can be found on the Presentation page and on the thematic pages.



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3 weeks 2 days ago

IAS has a new and exciting arrival: a new mobile dilution cryostat has been built and delivered by BlueFors Cryogenics, allowing us to measure detectors and detection chain elements at sub-Kelvin temperatures. Irradiation of highly sensitive detectors by cosmic rays is a daunting problem for many space missions, and the IAS is among the laboratories that have been investigating this problem since the launch of Planck-HFI.

1 month 1 day ago

With its observations in the middle-infrared range, the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is going to revolutionise our understanding of the Universe. After a competitive selection, its first observing targets have been unveiled. Over the hundred or so programmes proposed by researchers form all over the world, only 13 have been selected. One of them will be led by a collaboration involving IAS researchers.

8 months 2 days ago

Former Ph.D. candidate at IAS, Jean-Baptiste Durrive has been selected as a Springer Thesis Award recipient for his doctoral thesis, defended the 13 October 2016. His manuscript, Baryonic Processes in the Large-Scale Structuring of the Universe, concerns two fundamental aspects of the evolution of the intergalactic gas, from the Epoch of Reionization until the present day Universe: the emergence of magnetic fields on cosmological scales, and the fragmentation of matter in the sheets and filaments of the cosmic web. His thesis has just been published in the Springer Theses collection. Congratulations Jean-Baptiste!

1 year 2 months ago

Nabila Aghanim, CNRS Directeur de Recherche at the Institut d’Astrophysique Spatiale in Orsay has just received the CNRS Silver Medal, a distinction, which «  honours every year researchers for the originality, the quality, and the significance of their work, recognised both in France and internationally, contributing thus to the influence of the CNRS and to the excellence of French research »