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Interstellar Medium

Interstellar medium both in the Milky Way and other galaxies

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Star Formation

Low and Massive Star Formation in the Galaxy and star formation activity

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Disks in Star Forming Regions

Disk formation and their chemical and physical evolution in star forming regions

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Asteroids

The formation of asteroids and their role in space and life

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Planet and Satellite Formation

The formation of planets and their moons using numerical models and observations

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Receivers

Bolometers and Heterodyne receivers with the collaboration of SRON

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Exoplanets and Astrobiology

The atmosphere of exoplanets and life in space

About Us

ISM Group Members at Kapteyn Astronomical Institute and
SRON - Netherlands Institute for Space Research

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Prof. Dr. Floris F. S. van der Tak

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Prof. Dr. Inga Kamp

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Dr. Russell Shipman

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Dr. Fred Lahuis

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Dr. Michael "Migo" Mueller

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Dr. Christian Rab

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Dr. Kateryna Frantseva

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Dr Vera Dobos

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Umit Kavak MSc

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Nick Oberg MSc

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Andres Ramos MSc

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Bayron Portilla MSc

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Dr William "Wil" J. Pearson MSci

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Projects

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DIANA Project

DIANA is an European Framework Seven (FP7) project, SPACE-2011 collaboration, project no 284405, which conducts a systematic collection and coherent analysis of observational data from the birth-places of extrasolar planets, the so-called protoplanetary discs. DIANA stands for DIscANAlysis.

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SAFARI/SPICA Project

SPICA is a joint European-Japanese project under phase-A study at ESA: an infrared space observatory with a large, cryogenically cooled telescope. One of the instruments on board is SAFARI, a far-IR spectrometer providing instantaneously wavelength coverage of the 34 to 230 micron domain. One of the core objectives of this mission is to trace the gas, dust and ice evolution in planetary systems.

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ITN CHAMELEON

In the CHAMELEON Marie-Curie Innovative Training Network (MC-ITN), we focus on the development of Virtual Laboratories which will be the crucial tool to analyse in detail current and future disk and exoplanet observations. Our goals are to retrieve and predict the chemical composition of planet-forming disks and exoplanet atmospheres using such Virtual Laboratories. We plan to achieve knowledge transfer between planet and disk community by the exchange of state-of-the-art codes developing models and to train our researchers in complex modelling and big-data interpretation. We will use the fascination for exoplanets and their birthplaces to promote science in the society, in local and wider communities.

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oLife

A joint initiative by seven world-leading research institutes of three universities in The Netherlands. Supported by funding from the Horizon 2020 Framework Programme of the European Union, we offer 18 post-doctoral fellowships for interdisciplinary research on fundamental questions concerning the origin and evolution of life, and its distribution in the universe.

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Latest Publications

The papers which have been published by ISM Group Members

The TESS light curve of the eccentric eclipsing binary 1SWASP J011351.29+314909.7 -- no evidence for a very hot M-dwarf companion

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Aug, 2020

A 2014 study of the eclipsing binary star 1SWASPJ011351.29+314909.7 (J0113+31) reported an unexpectedly high effective temperature for the M-dwarf companion to the 0.95-M$_{\odot}$ primary star. The effective temperature inferred from the secondary eclipse depth was $\sim$600 K higher than the ...

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The halo of M105 and its group environment as traced by planetary nebula populations: I. Wide-field photometric survey of planetary nebulae in the Leo I group

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Aug, 2020

M105 (NGC 3379) is an early-type galaxy in the Leo I group. This group is the nearest group that contains all main galaxy types and can thus be used as a benchmark to study the properties of the intra-group light (IGL) in low-mass groups. We use PNe as discrete stellar tracers of the diffuse li...

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Physical conditions in diffuse interstellar medium of local and high redshift galaxies: measurements based on excitation of H$_2$ rotational and CI fine-structure levels

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Aug, 2020

We present results of analysis of physical conditions (number density, intensity of UV field, kinetic temperature) in the cold H$_2$-bearing interstellar medium of local and high redshift galaxies. Our measurements based on the fit to the observed population of H$_2$ rotational levels and CI fi...

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