The CRAL (Centre for Astronomical Reseach of Lyon) is a Joined Research Unit (UMR 5574) of the University of Lyon 1 (UCBL), Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon (ENS-L), and Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS).
The CRAL is hosted by the Observatory of Lyon, a Department of UCBL (OSU, Observatoire des Sciences de l’Univers, article 33), and by the ENS-L, because the team working of the site of ENS-L is associated to the OSU. The activities of the CRAL are carried out on two sites: the Observatory located at Saint-Genis Laval, and the ENS-L in Lyon, in the Gerland district.
The CRAL was funded in 1995 by the merging of three entities:
the old Observatoiry of Lyon, whose activites were mainly oriented towards spectroscopic instrumentation and astronomical databases,
a young team of theoretical astrophysics created at ENS-L in 1992, specialized in physics applied to the structure of compact objects,
and a team coming from Paris, working in R&D for angular high resolution problems.
During recent years these three entities have been strenghten by the recruitment of young researchers. In parallel, major instrumental projects emerged. In 2002, it was necessary to create a new team in the field of cosmology to sustain the instrumental project aiming to observe the Universe at higher redshits.
The CRAL staff is distributed on two sites: the Observatory of Lyon at St Genis Laval and the ENS of Lyon. You will find below the staff status as of march 1st, 2012.
The Lyon Centre for Astrophysics Research (CRAL, UMR5574, supervised by UCBL, ENS-L and CNRS) is renowned for its excellence in several scientific topics, and its ability to manage instrumental projects. During the 2005-2009 period, it has developed cutting-edge research in the physics of dense plasmas applied to low-mass stars, brown dwarfs, and exoplanets, on compact objects, on the characterization of habitable planets, on dark matter and energy, on the chemodynamics of nearby galaxies, (...)