Nick Cox at The Physics of Evolved Stars (POE2015) conference


The Nanocosmos project was presented at The Physics of Evolved Stars (POE2015) conference by Nanocosmos astronomer Dr. Nick Cox on behalf of the three PIs. This international meeting, held from 8-12 June in Nice, France, was organised to honour Dr. Olivier Chesneau (Observatoire de Nice) who passed away in 2014. Presentations at the meeting covered the broad range of scientific interests of Olivier: from AGB stars, Planetary Nebulae, R CrB stars, Novae, Symbiotic systems, and many more. Many presentations at this meeting centred on understanding the formation and presence of dust and molecules in circumstellar environments of both low- and high-mass evolved stellar systems, topics of particular interest to Nanocosmos researchers.

Javier R. Goicoechea awarded for a study of the interstellar clouds

Composite image obtained from the emission of 12CO (blue), 13CO (green), and C18O (red) of the Orion B molecular cloud (IRAM 30m telescope). Credit: J. Pety.

Javier R. Goicoechea, astronomer at the ICMM-CSIC


The Société Française d’Astronomie et d’Astrophysique (SF2A) and the Sociedad Española de Astronomía (SEA) have awarded Javier R. Goicoechea (ICMM-CSIC) and Jérôme Pety (IRAM, France) with the SEA-SF2A 2015 prize for their outstanding achievements in the study of interstellar clouds illuminated by ultraviolet radiation from nearby massive stars, in a French-Spanish scientific research cooperation.

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High-Resolution Submillimeter Spectroscopy of the Interstellar Medium and Star Forming Regions — From Herschel to ALMA and Beyond (Zakopane, Poland, May 12 – 16, 2015)

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Two NANOCOSMOS members, Prof. José Cernicharo and Dr. Javier R. Goicoechea gave two invited talks at this workshop in Poland. José Cernicharo showed the NANOCOSMOS latests results from the ALMA observations of the archetypical AGB carbon-star IRC+10216. The NANOCOSMOS team has published 4 articles (see publications) on these results (including IRAM observations) and new exciting results are expected for the coming months. Javier R. Goicoechea talked about the velocity-resolved [CII] emission and [CII]/FIR mapping along Orion. The [CII] 158μm fine structure line is arising in gas irradiated by UV-photons from the Trapezium cluster and contributes significantly to the cooling of the cold neutral medium. These observations in combination with Far-Infrared photometric images of the dust emission and maps of the H41α hydrogen recombination and CO provide an unprecedented close view (0,16 light-years in resolution) of the Orion Cloud surrounding the Trapezium. Stay tuned¡

Dr. Goicoechea at the IRAM 30m Summerschool 2015 on Millimeter Astronomy

2015 IRAM SummerschoolFollowing the previous post on the IRAM 30m. Summerschool on Millimeter Astronomy, Dr. Javier R. Goicoechea will be one of the nine invited lecturers at the School. Our outstanding researcher will give a lecture on the Chemistry of the Interstellar Medium with a special enphasis on the prototypical regions: SgrB2 and Orion KL. These objects are the brightest Far-Infrared regions in the sky. SgrB2 is one of the most massive star-forming regions in the Galaxy and it is associated to a giant and dense molecular cloud in the Galaxy nucleus. Orion KL is the closest most active star-forming region in the galactic disc and it is also associated to a dense giant molecular cloud.

The NANOCOSMOS Kick-off meeting was opened by the President of CSIC, Emilio Lora-Tamayo

Emilio Lora-TamayoEmilio Lora-Tamayo, President of CSIC (Spain National Research Council) gave a warm welcome to the NANOCOSMOS team members at the project kick-off meeting which is held at the CSIC headquarters in Madrid (5-6 May, 2015). He addressed the excellent collaboration between CNRS and CSIC in order to solve the fundamental problem of dust formation in the Universe. He also stood out these collaborations to tackle complex problems in all fields of science. “I really hope that in the next years this kind of collaboration between our two institutions will be strengthened”, he added.

NANOCOSMOS at the recent ALMA / Herschel Archival Workshop (Garching, Germany)

alma_herschel_low_resFour NANOCOSMOS researchers gave their presentations at the ALMA/Herschel Archival Workshop held in Garching (Germany) at the ESO headquarters in April 15 -17, 2015. José Cernicharo (NANOCOSMOS Corresponding P.I.) talked about the synergies between the ALMA high resolution observations in the innermost zones of star-forming regions, AGB, post-AGBs stars and extragalactic objects and those of Herschel´s archive submillimeter and far-IR observations. Our postdoctoral researchers, Marcelino Agúndez, Guillermo Quintana-Lacaci and Belén Tercero talked about the following topics: Continue reading →

5-6 May, 2015 – NANOCOSMOS Kick-Off Meeting!

The NANOCOSMOS Kick-Off meeting will be held at the CSIC headquarters (C/ Serrano 113-123, Madrid) in May 5 and 6, 2015. NANOCOSMOS will gather all the major players of the project together. It is expected that synergy will evolve among the NANOCOSMOS partners and foster in-depth discussions in order to set an overall framework for the prospective research and technical tasks. More info here