Science and space instrument interface laboratory
Connecting astrophysics and instrumentation from conception to flying steps. Defining instruments and make sure they tie in scientific objects.
Astrophysical Plasma Modelling Laboratory
Understand the physical mechanisms governing the dynamics of astrophysical plasmas at every scale using numerical, analytical and experimental methods.
Study and development of space eletronic systems
Concepting and developping electronic equipment using analog and digital electronic systems architectures
Laboratory Star Formation and Interstellar Medium
Understanding the physics of star formation and the production of dust in the outer space from observations of the far-infrared to sub-millimeter.
High Energy Cosmic Phenomena Research Laboratory
Observe and study the extreme sources and the most violent phenomena in the Universe. The sources are often revealed by their high energy radiation.
Cosmology and Statistics Laboratory - CosmoStat
Cosmologists and computer scientists working together to develop new methods of statistics, signal processing, and apply them to the analysis of data for cosmology and other areas.
Space Systems and Architectures laboratory
Engineers and scientists working together to define the technical aspects to take into account while making space intruments.
Quality and space integration laboratory
Supporting space projetcs in terms of management, supervision of conception, study, development and making.
Spectral-imaging laboratory for space science
R&D in detectors from far infrared to gamma ray using bolometers, microcalocalorimeters or semiconductors.
Cosmology and Galaxy Evolution group (LCEG)
Reconstruct galactic evolutions based on observations from large spatial instruments and telescops as well as high-resolution computer simulations.
Laboratory Dynamics of Stars, (Exo)-planets and their Environment
Study the internal and external dynamics of the Sun , stars and their interactions with orbiting planets for a dynamic view of the stars and planets in their space environment.
A major space astrophysics laboratory
The Astrophysics Division (DAp - UMR AIM) is among the major space laboratories in France, in Europe and internationally. In direct collaboration with CNES, which is responsible for the space activities of French laboratories, DAp is strongly involved in space missions for ESA's Cosmic Vision scientific program and on bilateral missions supported by CNES. The development of astrophysics at the CEA began in partnership with CNES since its creation in the early 1960s. Astrophysics has since been a growing science with high potential for discoveries. Instruments, ever more numerous and more powerful, whether from the ground or on board satellites, make it possible to probe the universe with increased angular resolution and sensitivity across the full range of the electromagnetic spectrum. Meanwhile, modeling, particularly using computational simulations, is of increasing importance in astrophysics; astrophysical problems are mostly complex problems that involve other disciplines of physics. Astrophysics and other fields of physics enrich each other.
The Astrophysics division
The DAp-UMR AIM includes nearly 200 people, including 130 permanent staff mainly UMR AIM, a joint research unit CNRS-CEA-University Paris Cité and also of the Astroparticle and Cosmology UMR APC, CEA-CNRS -University Paris Cité-Paris Observatory -PSL-CNES . The Astrophysics Service brings together researchers, engineers and technicians from the Astrophysics Division at CEA Irfu as well as research engineers at Dedip Irfu, University Paris Cité and CNRS.
Our scientific projects
Modelling the Universe
Knowledge management of data archives
JWST observations suggest that the rocky exoplanet TRAPPIST-1 c may have a thin atmosphere.More
Auscultating a mini-Neptune: taking the temperature with JWST's MIRI instrumentMore
Anaëlle Maury receives an ERC Advanced grant for her project PEBBLESMore
MIRIm instrument on the James Webb space telescope detects, for the first time, the thermal emission of a temperate rocky planetMore
Towards a new scenario of magnetar formationMore
The 'brain' of the SVOM ECLAIRs telescope has been deliveredMore
4D-STAR: Taking stellar structure and evolution to higher dimensions in the era of space asteroseismologyMore
20 years later… Cosmological analysis of galaxy clusters detected by XMM-NewtonMore
How to measure magnetic fields within binary systems emitting gravitational waves?More
Solar Orbiter confirms the existence of magnetic folds ejected by our SunMore