IPAG addresses stellar and planetary formation, from the initial phases of the core collapse where molecular complexity builds up, to the circumstellar disk physics and chemistry and planets formation, including star-disk interaction via the star magnetosphere. IPAG also works on the physical processes implied in accretion-ejection phenomena around young stellar objects and compact objects where high energy and relativistic effects are involved. In planetary sciences, IPAG studies sun-earth interactions, planetary subsurfaces, small bodies in the solar system, and the chemical evolution of primitive matter.
To accompany these thematic research themes, IPAG works on cutting edge instrumental developments. IPAG is involved in the building and development of numerous ground-based instruments (NAOS, WIRCAM, SPHERE, AMBER, PIONIER, etc.) that equip the most powerful international telescopes in the world (VLT, VLTI, CFHT). IPAG develops and exploits space probes to study the internal structure of solar system bodies (Rosetta, Assert), the subsurface waters on Mars, and the chemical composition of Titan’s atmosphere. These developments lead IPAG to develop numerous collaborations with National & European Agencies (CNES, ESA, ESO) and major public and industrial groups (Sofradir, ONERA, CEA-LETI, Thales, etc.).
With 36 teachers scientists, IPAG is strongly involved in teaching and forming students in UJF (PHITEM & OSUG). We have more than 30 PhD students from various nationalities, and we welcome a large number of interns students every year.
IPAG is the second largest research unit in OSUG. Its researchers published over 500 papers from 2005 to 2008 period, ten of which in Nature & Science and hundreds in Astronomy & Astrophysics (3 papers per scientist in 2008). Since 2005, IPAG led or participated in 28 ANR projects for a total of more than 5M€. IPAG is leading one of the biggest ESO contracts for VLT 2nd generation instruments (SPHERE, 10 M€), and helped prepare or exploit 9 of the current 14 solar system missions. IPAG has filed four patents and has given birth to 3 high-tech startups. We have 4 projects labeled by the MINALOGIC competitive cluster and funded by the Inter-ministerial fund (FUI). IPAG has a strong attractiveness, with 17 new scientists hired during the 2006-2010 period, and the highest number of CNRS young astrophysicists applications in 2009. IPAG has obtained two CNRS bronze medals, two CNRS silver medals, three CNRS Crystals, two Joliot-Curie prizes (young scientist woman), four IUF members and hosts two junior ERC laureates.