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The GENESIS project

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GENeration and Evolution of  Structures in the ISm

GENeration et Evolution des Structures du milieu InterStellaire


is a German/French collaboration project, supported for three years (start 1.5. 2017) by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinde (DFG) and the Agence national de recherche (ANR).

German coordinators are Robert Simon and Nicola Schneider (I. Physik. Institut, University of Cologne)

French coordinator is Sylvain Bontemps (Laboratoire d'astrophysique, Universite de Bordeaux)

The objective of this research project is to better understand the structure and evolution of molecular clouds in the interstellar medium (ISM) and to link cloud structure with star-formation.  For that, far-infrared observations of dust (Herschel) and cooling lines (SOFIA) are combined with ground-based submillimetre observations of molecular lines. Dedicated analysis tools will be used and developed to analyse the maps and compared to simulations in order to disentangle the underlying physical processes such as gravity, turbulence, magnetic fields, and radiation.

A new and innovative approach is to combine the competence of the members of the Cologne KOSMA group in structure identification methods and SOFIA with the expertise of the Bordeaux LAB star formation group in Herschel and spectro-imaging maps, and the Bordeaux GeoStat team of the INRIA institute who are experts in nonlinear methods for the analysis of complex systems.

Project summary            Projektzusammenfassung           Résumé


GENESIS participants


Cologne Bordeaux
Robert Simon, Nicola Schneider,Volker Ossenkopf, Markus Roellig + Post-Docs/students

LAB: Sylvain Bontemps, Arabindo Roy, Lars Bonne, Fabrice Herpin, Jonathan Braine, Nathalie Brouillet, Thierry Jacq + Post-Docs/students

INRIA: Hussein Yahia, Guillaume Attuel, Nicolas Brodu+ Post-Docs and students

External collaborators

ATN Canberra (Australia) ITA/ZAH Heidelberg (Germany) IPAG Grenoble (France)
Christoph Federrath Ralf Klessen, Simon Glover Frederique Motte, Thomas Nony
LERMA Paris (France) Institute of Astronomy, Cardiff (UK) Argelander Institut Bonn (Germany)
Antoine Gusdorf Paul Clark, Ana Duarte-Cabral, Nicolas Peretto Juergen Kerp
MPIfR Bonn (Germany) ESO (Germany, Chile) CASS San Diego (USA)
Timea Csengeri Fernando Comeron Alexei Kritsuk
CEA Saclay (France) CfA Harvard (USA) University of Sofia (Bulgaria)
Pascal Tremblin Phil Myers Todor Veltchev


Projects within GENESIS

Publications of GENESIS

News from GENESIS

September 2018: Lars Bonne (PhD student from GENESIS) received a price at NOVAQ (Festival de l'innovation) 13.-15.9.2018 in Bordeaux

September 2018: S106 highlight paper in A&A

March 2018:  Public outreach talk 13.3.2018 at the Goethe Institut in Bordeaux:   Link in German     Link in French

January 2018: GENESIS Poster at the AtLAST conference in Munich (17.-19.1.2018)

September 2017: GENESIS/MOBS Kick-off meeting 28. and 29.9.2017 in Bordeaux