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The Galaxy and Star Formation

Grant number: 00/06769-4
Support type:Research Projects - Thematic Grants
Duration: July 01, 2000 - November 30, 2004
Field of knowledge:Physical Sciences and Mathematics - Astronomy - Astrophysics of the Interstellar Medium
Principal Investigator:Zulema Abraham
Grantee:Zulema Abraham
Home Institution: Instituto de Astronomia, Geofísica e Ciências Atmosféricas (IAG). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Co-Principal Investigators:Jacques Raymond Daniel Lépine
Associated scholarship(s):02/11446-5 - Modeling of winds and atmospheres of LBV and WR-type stars, BP.DD
01/02336-9 - Development of a ground-based microwave radiometer for retrieval of water vapor profiles of the middle atmosphere and determination of atmospheric opacity, BP.PD


The objective of this project is the study of our Galaxy, both from the view point of its individual constituents (stars, including its formation process, interstellar medium, cosmic rays, etc.) and through its integral behavior (stellar kinematics and dynamics, structure, spiral arms, etc.). To attain this goal, observations at different wave lengths will be performed, from radio to gamma rays, and theoretical studies will be conducted using numerical models. From the observational side, the receivers and detectors of the Itapetinga Radio Observatory and of the Abrahão de Morais Optical Observatory will be improved, and the MASCO project, developed by members of our team at INPE to study gamma rays from our Galaxy from stratospheric balloons, will be completed. To reach the theoretical objectives, the different groups will acquire modern computational facilities. This project represents part of the Center for Astrophysics project, submitted to FAPESP in the CEPID program (Process No. 98/14264-8). (AU)

Scientific publications (5)
(References retrieved automatically from Web of Science and SciELO through information on FAPESP grants and their corresponding numbers as mentioned in the publications by the authors)
PORTO DE MELLO‚ G.; FERNANDEZ DEL PELOSO‚ E.; GHEZZI‚ L. Astrobiologically interesting stars within 10 parsecs of the Sun. ASTROBIOLOGY, v. 6, n. 2, p. 308-331, 2006.
DEL PELOSO‚ EF; CUNHA‚ K.; DA SILVA‚ L.; DE MELLO‚ G.F.P. Abundances of Mn‚ Co and Eu in a sample of 20 F-G disk stars: the influence of hyperfine structure splitting. Astronomy & Astrophysics, v. 441, n. 3, p. 1149-1156, 2005.
DEL PELOSO‚ EF; DA SILVA‚ L.; DE MELLO‚ G.F.P. The age of the Galactic thin disk from Th/Eu nucleocosmochronology. Astronomy & Astrophysics, v. 434, n. 1, p. 275-300, 2005.
LYRA‚ W.; DE MELLO‚ G.F.P. Fine structure of the chromospheric activity in Solar-type stars-The H line. Astronomy & Astrophysics, v. 431, n. 1, p. 329-338, 2005.
ANDRUCHOW‚ I.; CELLONE‚ SA; ROMERO‚ GE; DOMINICI‚ TP; ABRAHAM‚ Z. Microvariability in the optical polarization of 3C 279. Astronomy & Astrophysics, v. 409, n. 3, p. 857-865, 2003.

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