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See detailPolarimetric Standard Stars Observed with FORS1 at ESO-VLT
Mason, E.; Bagnulo, S.; Szeifert, T. et al

in ASP Conference Series (2005, December 01), 343

A Paranal Observatory project aims to analyze all the polarimetric standard stars in use at FORS1 to both check they have a constant polarization signal and measure the instrumental polarization ... [more ▼]

A Paranal Observatory project aims to analyze all the polarimetric standard stars in use at FORS1 to both check they have a constant polarization signal and measure the instrumental polarization. Preliminary results for 3 standards in the FORS1 calibration plans are presented. [less ▲]

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See detailL'astronomie dans le monde
Manfroid, Jean ULg

Article for general public (2005)

Venus Express, Deux lunes de plus, Mira et les anneaux, Astéroïde 1998 SF36 Itokawa, Les montagnes de la création, NGC 1333

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See detailMagnetic Flux Closure Directly Induced by Interplanetary Shocks: Observations Using IMAGE-FUV and SuperDARN, and Modelling With GUMICS-4.
Hubert, Benoît ULg; Palmroth, M.; Milan, S. E. et al

Conference (2005, December 01)

A method has been developed to monitor the dayside and nightside reconnection rates using FUV remote sensing of the proton aurora and ionospheric convection patterns. Global images of the proton aurora ... [more ▼]

A method has been developed to monitor the dayside and nightside reconnection rates using FUV remote sensing of the proton aurora and ionospheric convection patterns. Global images of the proton aurora are obtained using the SI12 instrument of the FUV experiment on board the IMAGE satellite, and used to identify the open/closed (o/c) field line boundary. SuperDARN data are used to determine the ionospheric convection velocity, and the associated electric field. The dayside and nightside reconnection voltages are then determined accounting for the ionospheric electric field and the motion of the o/c boundary. This method is used to compute the dayside and nightside reconnection voltages during two interplanetary shocks for which the IMF was mostly northward, so that the amount of open magnetic flux was so small that no significant substorm expansion phase could develop. The flux closure voltage shows a sharp signature when the interplanetary shocks sweep by the nightside magnetosphere. MHD simulations conducted using the GUMICS-4 model for similar conditions show a similar signature in the nightside flux closure rate. We suggest that this flux closure event is directly induced by the compression of the magnetotail. [less ▲]

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See detailSubwavelength surface-relief gratings for stellar coronagraphy
Mawet, Dimitri; Riaud, Pierre ULg; Surdej, Jean ULg et al

in Applied Optics (2005), 44 Issue 34

We present a new design of a phase mask coronagraph implemented with subwavelength diffractive optical elements consisting of optimized surface-relief gratings. Phase mask coronagraphy is a recent ... [more ▼]

We present a new design of a phase mask coronagraph implemented with subwavelength diffractive optical elements consisting of optimized surface-relief gratings. Phase mask coronagraphy is a recent technique that seeks to accommodate both high dynamic and high angular resolution imaging of faint sources around bright astrophysical objects such as exoplanets orbiting their host stars. The original design we propose is a new, integrated, and flexible solution to the pi phase-shift chromaticity of the phase mask coronagraphs. It will allow broadband observations, i.e., shorter integration times and object characterizations, by means of spectroscopic analysis. The feasibility of the component manufacturing is also considered through a tolerance study. [less ▲]

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See detailPEGASE... towards DARWIN
Ollivier, M.; Le Duigou, J.-M.; Mourard, D. et al

in Casoli, F.; Contini, T.; Hameury, J.-M. (Eds.) et al SF2A-2005: Semaine de l'Astrophysique Francaise (2005, December 01)

The space mission PEGASE, proposed to CNES in the framework of its call for scientific proposals on "formation flying", is a 2-aperture interferometer, composed by 3 free flying satellites. With an ... [more ▼]

The space mission PEGASE, proposed to CNES in the framework of its call for scientific proposals on "formation flying", is a 2-aperture interferometer, composed by 3 free flying satellites. With an angular resolution of a few mas and a spectral resolution of several tens in the spectral range 2.5-5 mum, PEGASE has several goals: - science: spectroscopy of hot jupiters (Pegasides) and brown dwarves, exploration of the inner part of protoplanetary disks; - technology: validation in real space conditions of formation flying, nulling and visibility interferometry concepts. PEGASE, presently in 0-phase study takes place in the context of DARWIN preparation. We detail in this paper the present situation of this project [less ▲]

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See detailOpen Flux Estimates and Reconnection Rates in Saturn's Magnetosphere, Derived Using HST and Cassini Data
Badman, S. V.; Bunce, E. J.; Clarke, J. T. et al

Conference (2005, December 01)

During January 2004, a sequence of 68 UV images of Saturn's southern aurora was obtained by the Hubble Space Telescope (HST), coordinated with measurements of the upstream interplanetary conditions made ... [more ▼]

During January 2004, a sequence of 68 UV images of Saturn's southern aurora was obtained by the Hubble Space Telescope (HST), coordinated with measurements of the upstream interplanetary conditions made by the Cassini spacecraft. Using the poleward edge of the observed aurora as a proxy for the open-closed field line boundary, the open flux content of the southern polar region has been estimated. It is found to range from 15 to 50 GWb during the interval, such a large variation providing evidence of a significant magnetospheric interaction with the solar wind, in particular with structures associated with corotating interaction regions (CIRs). Cassini measurements of the upstream interplanetary conditions have been used to estimate the rate of open flux production at the magnetopause. By comparison with the open flux values obtained from the images, the rate of open flux closure in Saturn's magnetotail is also estimated. We find that the rate of open flux production is high (200 kV) in the high-field strength intervals following the onset of CIR-related compressions, and elevated (30-40 kV) in an intermediate-field strength rarefaction region. High flux closure rates (100-200 kV) are estimated in association with the onset of solar wind compressions and are intermittently increased (30-60 kV) during a weak-field rarefaction region. The disturbed auroral forms seen in the images are discussed in relation to the estimated reconnection rates. Recent studies have suggested that Saturn Kilometric Radiation emissions are also disturbed by the onset of CIR compressions at Saturn. [less ▲]

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See detailThe life of stars and their planets
Catala, C.; Aerts, C.; Aigrain, S. et al

in Favata, F.; Sanz-Forcada, J.; Giménez, A. (Eds.) et al 39TH ESLAB Symposium on Trends in Space Science and Cosmic Vision 2020 (2005, December 01)

We lack a reliable scenario for the formation and evolution of stars and their planetary systems, involving key factors such as magnetic fields and turbulence. We present the case for a mission concept ... [more ▼]

We lack a reliable scenario for the formation and evolution of stars and their planetary systems, involving key factors such as magnetic fields and turbulence. We present the case for a mission concept that will clarify these problems and give us a global view of the evolution of combined star and planetary systems. This will be achieved by simultaneously addressing the search for planetary transits in front of a large number of stars, including many nearby stars, the study of their internal structure and evolution via asteroseismology, and that of their magnetic activity, via UV monitoring. [less ▲]

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See detailVinyl acetate: a challenge for living radical polymerisation
Debuigne, Antoine ULg

Scientific conference (2005, December 01)

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See detailLarge Scale Correlations of Quasar Polarization Vectors: Hints of Extreme Scale Structures?
Cabanac, R. A.; Hutsemekers, Damien ULg; Sluse, Dominique ULg et al

in Astronomical Polarimetry: Current Status and Future Directions. ASPC 343 (2005, December 01)

A survey measuring quasar polarization vectors has been started in two regions towards the North and South Galactic Poles. Here, we review the discovery of significant correlations of orientations of ... [more ▼]

A survey measuring quasar polarization vectors has been started in two regions towards the North and South Galactic Poles. Here, we review the discovery of significant correlations of orientations of polarization vectors over huge angular distances. We report new results including a larger sample of the quasars confirming the existence of coherent orientations at redshifts z>1. [less ▲]

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See detailObservations of Saturn's Atmosphere and Auroras by Cassini UVIS and VIMS
Pryor, W. R.; Baines, K.; West, R. et al

Conference (2005, December 01)

Cassini's Ultraviolet Imaging Spectrograph (UVIS) has completed a year of study of Saturn's atmosphere and auroras. Two long slit spectral channels are used to obtain EUV data from 56.3-118.2 nm and FUV ... [more ▼]

Cassini's Ultraviolet Imaging Spectrograph (UVIS) has completed a year of study of Saturn's atmosphere and auroras. Two long slit spectral channels are used to obtain EUV data from 56.3-118.2 nm and FUV data from 111.5-191.3 nm. 64 spatial pixels along each slit are combined with slit motion to build up spectral images of Saturn, with sufficient spatial resolution to reveal Saturn's auroral oval. Saturn images include evidence for rapid auroral variations and polar UV-dark regions mostly inside the auroral ovals. Absorption bands of acetylene are clearly seen in the reflected sunlight spectrum. The auroral emission spectrum is similar to that of Jupiter, showing H2 band emission and H Lyman-alpha emission. Saturn's auroral, dayglow, and nightglow spectra show significant differences. Saturn's aurora is observed to vary in brightness by at least a factor of four. The brightest auroral emissions seen so far occurred after 2004 day 207 19:30 when Cassini CAPS and MAG recorded passage of a solar wind shock. The enhanced auroral brightness persisted for days, and is seen at both poles of Saturn. Cassini RPWS observed enhanced auroral kilometric emissions during several auroral brightening events seen by UVIS. A campaign of Hubble Space Telescope UV imaging with ACS (Advanced Camera for Surveys) of Saturn's dayside southern auroral zone took place on 2005 February 17. Cassini UVIS and VIMS observed Saturn's nightside northern aurora during this period. The UVIS long slit was aligned with lines of latitude on Saturn, providing information about intensity and spectral variations along the auroral oval. Cassini VIMS has now obtained an initial image and spectrum of Saturn's H3}+ auroral emissions. [less ▲]

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See detailErratum: The XMM Large-Scale Structure survey: an initial sample of galaxy groups and clusters to a redshift z < 0.6
Willis, J. P.; Pacaud, F.; Valtchanov, I. et al

in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (2005), 364

We present X-ray and optical spectroscopic observations of twelve galaxy groups and clusters identified within the XMM Large-Scale Structure (LSS) survey. Groups and clusters are selected as extended X ... [more ▼]

We present X-ray and optical spectroscopic observations of twelve galaxy groups and clusters identified within the XMM Large-Scale Structure (LSS) survey. Groups and clusters are selected as extended X-ray sources from a 3.5 deg2 XMM image mosaic above a flux limit 8e-15 ergs/s/cm2 in the [0.5-2] keV energy band. Deep BVRI images and multi-object spectroscopy confirm each source as a galaxy concentration located within the redshift interval 0.29<z<0.56. We combine line-of-sight velocity dispersions with the X-ray properties of each structure computed from a two-dimensional surface brightness model and a single temperature fit to the XMM spectral data. The resulting distribution of X-ray luminosity, temperature and velocity dispersion indicate that the XMM-LSS survey is detecting low-mass clusters and galaxy groups to redshifts z < 0.6. Confirmed systems display little or no evidence for X-ray luminosity evolution at a given X-ray temperature compared to lower redshift X-ray group and cluster samples. A more complete understanding of these trends will be possible with the compilation of a statistically complete sample of galaxy groups and clusters anticipated within the continuing XMM-LSS survey. [less ▲]

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See detailModulation of Dayside Reconnection During Northward IMF
Provan, G.; Lester, M.; Cowley, S. W. et al

Poster (2005, December 01)

On 17 September 2000 the IMF was directed continuously northward for more than three hours. Density fluctuations in the solar wind resulted in quasi-periodic variations in the solar wind dynamic pressure ... [more ▼]

On 17 September 2000 the IMF was directed continuously northward for more than three hours. Density fluctuations in the solar wind resulted in quasi-periodic variations in the solar wind dynamic pressure, and correlated fluctuations also occurred in the IMF Bz component. The Northern hemisphere SuperDARN radars observed bursts of high-latitude high-velocity plasma flow during this northward IMF interval, both when ionospheric signatures consistent with low-latitude merging were observed, and when lobe merging was occurring. On average the recurrence period of these flow bursts was ~22 min. During this time the SI-12 spectrographic imager channel on the IMAGE spacecraft observed the dayside proton auroral spot continuously (Frey et al., 2003). The brightness of the auroral spot varied over time. Here we find a direct correlation between the occurrence of bursts of plasma flow and periodic fluctuations in the brightness of the proton auroral spot. Our results suggest that correlated fluctuations in the solar wind dynamic pressure and IMF Bz component modulated ionospheric precipitation and dayside reconnection, resulting in fluctuations in the brightness of the proton auroral spot and periodic variations in the dayside high-latitude plasma flow. [less ▲]

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See detailHST/ACS UV Imaging of Saturn's Southern Aurora in a Quiet State
Wannawichian, S.; Clarke, J. T.; Gérard, Jean-Claude ULg et al

Conference (2005, December 01)

Prior observations of Saturn's aurora have suggested that the aurora are highly variable, with much of the activity controlled by conditions in the solar wind. Observations of Saturn's UV aurora on 17 ... [more ▼]

Prior observations of Saturn's aurora have suggested that the aurora are highly variable, with much of the activity controlled by conditions in the solar wind. Observations of Saturn's UV aurora on 17 February 2005 were performed with the Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS) on the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) to further test this. The UV Solar Blind Camera (SBC) imaged the UV emissions from 115.0 to 170.0 nm for a period of 5 HST orbits, or 8 hours, corresponding to 74% of a Saturn rotation. In that observation period, HST imaged the southern auroral region in sunlight, but not the northern auroral region because of the tilt of Saturn rotation axis. Saturn's aurora appeared in its most quiet state, comparable or fainter than those observed by HST's Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph (STIS) in January 2004. Discrete emissions were detected, with some evidence of latitudinal variations of localized emissions and motions. At the same time, Cassini's Ultraviolet Imaging Spectrograph (UVIS) studied the intensity and spectral distribution of Saturn's northern night side emission region. With the benefit of simultaneous observations, we found that the characteristics of Saturn's emission region in the day side southern aurora appeared correlated with Saturn kilometric radio (SKR) emissions, charged particles and magnetic field measurements in the night side Saturn magnetosphere. The faint UV aurora are consistent with the previously reported correlation between radio and UV emissions, and the low disturbance in Saturn's magnetosphere observed by Cassini. In this quiet state, the auroral oval brightness is a few kilorayleighs (KR). The summed images show evidence of an offset auroral oval toward midnight responding to solar wind pressure and more diffuse features in the dusk side. The specific properties of Saturn's aurora in its minimum state will be presented, and compared with more active periods. [less ▲]

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See detailLe chemin céleste à travers les âges
Nazé, Yaël ULg

Article for general public (2005)

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See detailAspects of sound communication in the pearlfish Carapus boraborensis and Carapus homei (Carapidae)
Lagardere, J. P.; Millot, S.; Parmentier, Eric ULg

in Journal of Experimental Zoology. Part A, Comparative Experimental Biology (2005), 303A(12), 1066-1074

Several species of Carapidae are known to have symbiotic relationships with marine invertebrates. The two most common species in Moorea (French Polynesia), Carapus boraborensis and Carapus homei, undergo ... [more ▼]

Several species of Carapidae are known to have symbiotic relationships with marine invertebrates. The two most common species in Moorea (French Polynesia), Carapus boraborensis and Carapus homei, undergo conspecific and heterospecific encounters in the same holothurian host during which they produce sounds. Another characteristic of these fish lies in their abilities to produce sounds. The objective of this study was dual: (1) to seek if there was a sexual difference in the sounds produced by C. boraborensis; (2) to seek if there was a difference in the sound emissions between heterospecific and conspecific encounters. In each trial, sounds were only recorded when one individual entered the sea cucumber that was already occupied. In encounters, sounds were structured in regular pulse emissions whose pulse lengths and periods allowed to significantly distinguish each species, as well as both sexes in C. boraborensis. In the latter species, results show for the first time that temporal features of the emitted sounds can have a functional importance in sex identification. In heterospecific encounters, sounds were reduced 68% of the time to a single pulse emission and there was a modification in the pulse length of each species: it shortens in C. homei and it lengthens in C. boraborensis. It highlights that both carapids are able to adapt their sounds to the facing species. Because a modification of the sound appears to be done at the first emission, it is supposed that recognition precedes the sound emission. [less ▲]

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See detailImmunochemical, biomolecular and biochemical characterization of bovine epithelial intestinal primocultures
Rusu, D.; Loret, S.; Peulen, Olivier ULg et al

in BMC Cell Biology (2005), 6

Background: Cultures of enterocytes and colonocytes represent valuable tools to study growth and differentiation of epithelial cells. In vitro models may be used to evaluate passage or toxicity of drugs ... [more ▼]

Background: Cultures of enterocytes and colonocytes represent valuable tools to study growth and differentiation of epithelial cells. In vitro models may be used to evaluate passage or toxicity of drugs, interactions of enteropathogenes bacteria strains with intestinal epithelium and other physiologic or pathologic phenomenon involving the digestive tract. Results: Cultures of bovine colonocytes and jejunocytes were obtained from organoid-enriched preparations, using a combination of enzymatic and mechanical disruption of the intestine epithelium, followed by an isopicnic centrifugation discarding most single cells. Confluent cell monolayers arising from plated organoids exhibited epithelium typical features, such as the pavement-like structure, the presence of apical microvilli and tight junctions. Accordingly, cells expressed several markers of enterocyte brush border (i.e. maltase, alkaline phosphatase and fatty acid binding protein) as well as an epithelial cytoskeleton component (cytokeratin 18). However, enterocyte primocultures were also positive for the vimentin immunostaining (mesenchyme marker). Vimentin expression studies showed that this gene is constitutively expressed in bovine enterocytes. Comparison of the vimentin expression profile with the pattern of brush border enzymes activities, suggested that the decrease of cell differentiation level observed during the enterocyte isolation procedure and early passages of the primoculture could result from a post-transcriptional de-repression of vimentin synthesis. The low differentiation level of bovine enterocytes in vitro could partly be counteracted adding butyrate (1-2 mM) or using a glucose-deprived culture medium. Conclusion: The present study describes several complementary approaches to characterize bovine primary cultures of intestinal cells. Cultured cells kept their morphologic and functional characteristics during several generations. [less ▲]

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See detailRS Cha, a spectroscopic binary system as a test of stellar physics modeling during the pre-main sequence phase
Alecian, E.; Catala, C.; Goupil, Marie-José et al

in SF2A-2005: Semaine de l'Astrophysique Francaise (2005, December 01)

New spectra of the PMS eclipsing binary RS Cha obtained with the GIRAFFE spectrograph at the SAAO, allowed us to measure the metallicity and new masses of both components of RS Cha. The system is ... [more ▼]

New spectra of the PMS eclipsing binary RS Cha obtained with the GIRAFFE spectrograph at the SAAO, allowed us to measure the metallicity and new masses of both components of RS Cha. The system is therefore observationally well constrained, and modelling both stars (both with masses around 1.8 M[SUB]o[/SUB]) at the same (young) age is a severe challenge for stellar evolutionary codes. We find no evidence that our models are deficient. However accurate detection of modes and measurements of periods of the recently discovered pulsations in both components are required to constrain more severely the physical description of PMS stellar models. [less ▲]

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See detailRessources humaines et marketing: un mariage stratégique
Robert, Jocelyne ULg

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See detailSécurité des aliments, HACCP et traçabilité.
Anceau, Christine ULg; Sindic, Marianne ULg; Deroanne, Claude

in Troupeaux et Cultures des Tropiques (2005), III(VI), 54-57

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See detailAspects zootechniques et économiques de l’utilisation des feuilles de Vitellaria paradoxa et de tourteau de coton en supplémentation sur la production laitière de la vache Borgou en saison hivernale
Chabi Toko, Roukayath ULg

Master's dissertation (2005)

Experiment was carried out to investigate the effects of cottonseed meal (CSM) and Vitellaria paradoxa leaves in rainy season supplementation on milk yield, composition of the milk, live weight changes ... [more ▼]

Experiment was carried out to investigate the effects of cottonseed meal (CSM) and Vitellaria paradoxa leaves in rainy season supplementation on milk yield, composition of the milk, live weight changes and their economical returns. To examine these effects, fifteen (15) Borgou cattle, in late lactation were offered three (3) dietary treatments: grazing natural pasture (control); the two other treatments received in addition cottonseed meal and Vitellaria paradoxa leaves supplements. The experiment lasted ten (10) weeks, including an adaptation period of two (2) weeks. Average daily milk yield was 946,58 g, 1690,07 g and 1176,89 g for the control, cottonseed meal and Vitellaria paradoxa leaves group respectively. Dietary treatments had a significant (p< 0,05) effect on milk yield during the trial. Only cows supplemented CSM produce significantly more milk than those unsupplemented (increasing of 78,54 %). But there is no differences among supplemented group. Cottonseed meal group produce more than 43,60 % milk yield compared to the second supplemented group. The treatments had a significant effect on total solid and milk ash. But no significant effect was observed on fat and protein content. The over all mean values were 15,12 %, 0,35 %, 5,92 % and 4,13 % respectively for total solid, ash, fat and protein content. There were no significant differences (p<0,05) in live weight changes of supplemented group cows. Further more, calves live weight changes were significantly different. Supplemented groups calves live weight increase was significantly more than those unsupplemented from birth to the end of the trial (212,06 g/d and 219,10 g/d versus 161,1 g/d). From birth to the beginning of the trial, only Vitellaria paradoxa leaves group calves had a significant increase in live weight changes. Only CSM group calves had a significant increase in live weight changes (124,98 g/d versus 53,54 g/d for non supplemented group calves) during the trial. Calves live weight changes from birth to the beginning of the trial were highly significantly correlated with those from birth to the end of the trial for all the experimental herd and for CSM group (r = 0,96 and r = 0,99). In other hand, these two live weight changes were slightly correlated for the control (r = 0,96) and Vitellaria paradoxa group (r = 0,97). A net return analysis shows that cottonseed meal and Vitellaria paradoxa supplementation in rainy season was profitable even if Vitellaria paradoxa was more beneficial. [less ▲]

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