Launch of the GENESIS project
On 1 May, the collaboration between the GeoStat project team, the Laboratory of Astrophysics of Bordeaux and the Institute of Physics in Cologne/KOSMA group was made official. Called GENESIS: GENeration and Evolution of Structure in the InterStellar medium, the vocation of this French-German partnership is to understand the structure and evolution of the interstellar medium and, more specifically, the mechanism of star formation.
The expertise of the three bodies is complementary: the Laboratory of Astrophysics of Bordeaux is specialised in the analysis of satellite images that probe the interstellar medium, the Institute of Physics in Cologne focuses on the structuring of molecular cloud and the cooling of matter and the GeoStat project team optimises the reading of the data with the development of new image-processing algorithms in order to constrain the physical origin of the structuring.
The Cologne team also has access to a telescope named SOFIA (Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy) which enables the observation, from a Boeing 747 flying in the stratosphere (at an altitude of 14 to 15 km) of cooling lines in the interstellar medium, which are inaccessible from the ground.
This French-German project is financed by the French National Research Agency (ANR) and the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG - German Research Foundation) for a duration of four years.