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Multichannel Spectroscopy sheds light onto the end of the Dark Age in the Universe

A team of astronomers found a nearby star-forming galaxy to emit energetic photons in a similar way to the first generation of galaxies. These first galaxies turned the Universe transparent, less than one billion years after the Big Bang. Together with the Calar Alto Observatory, innoFSPEC is involved in this research in the frame of joint projects such as NIR-DETECT und NIR-CLOUD as well as based on the CAHA NIR Astrophotonics Program.

For more details please have a look at the related press release.

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photo: Green pea galaxy NGC 2366 resolved in thousands of blue (young) stars. Nebulae appear as red/rose areas. Mrk 71, the brightest one, is indicated by the arrow. Credits: J. van Eymeren & A. R. López- Sánchez (ATNF).


Best talk award for Thomas Schiewe

How can the innoFSPEC core technology Photon Density Wave (PDW) Spectroscopy help to improve biotech processes? With his talk in the context of the 13th interdisciplinary PhD workshop "Process analytics and beyond" at the BAM (Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung, Berlin), innoFSPEC fellow Thomas Schiewe has recently won the best talk award. It was a joint talk together with TU Berlin scientist Björn Gutschmann, with the title "E. coli, R. eutropha, and Photon Density Waves". The talk focussed on in-line monitoring of high density E. coli cultivations and PHA bioplastic production processes in R. eutropha utilizing renewable feedstocks.

The PhD workshop is an annual event organized by GDCh (Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker) and  DECHEMA. Congratulations, Thomas!

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Another success story of Multi-Channel Spectroscopy

Our colleagues of the innoFSPEC Multi-Channel Spectroscopy group have achieved great new results with their research on stars in the spiral galaxy NGC 300. By telling the story of how astronomy has reached this point, Prof. Dr. Martin M. Roth helps us understand why this result is so exciting. Visit the related blog here and learn more about:

  • The history of spectroscopy in astronomy
  • How galaxies can be turned from blurry patches of light to dazzling bubbles of stars
  • How the MUSE instrument picks out individual stars in other galaxies
  • That two new ESO telescopes will be able to investigate stars in other galaxies in even more detail

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innoFSPEC @ Potsdam exhibition "Science in the centre"

On 19 January 2019, there was the opening of the exhibition "Science in the centre" - 130 m of science - at the annual light event in Potsdam. 20 large-format boards illustrate the diverse and exciting science landscape of Potsdam - among them a 2 x 6 m board designed by us, innoFSPEC Potsdam with the title "What happens in small molecules and large galaxies?".

The open air exhibition is located between Bildungsforum/Platz der Einheit and the state parliament and will last until at least end of August 2019. Have a look at the exhibition brochure here.

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We are hiring - open position as scientific coordinator @innoFSPEC

innoFSPEC is performing interdisciplinary research, linking different disciplines such as astronomy and physical chemistry. In the latter context, innoFSPEC invites applications for the position of a part-time scientific coordinator at the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics, Potsdam. For more information, please check here.

To apply, please send your CV, publication list, copies of academic degrees, and a brief research plan to: . Review of applications will begin January 21, 2019 , and continue until the position is filled.