The main activity – fundamental and applied research of galactic systems, active galactic nuclei, stars, nebulae, Sun, Solar system, planets, artificial Earth satellites and space debris.
Structure of SLLP “V.G. Fessenkov Astrophysical Institute”:
SLLP “V.G. Fessenkov Astrophysical Institute” consists of one division and four laboratories:
Division of advances astrophysical researchers (Head of the Division – Doctor of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, Professor, Corresponding Member of the NAS RK Leonid Mikhaylovich Chechin).
Structure of the Division:
The division consists of three sectors and one expedition:
- Sector of Ultraviolet Exoatmospheric Researchers.
Research directions: the nature of dark matter, its observable effects in optical and ultraviolet spectral range, methods of astrophysics application computing for the stellar systems.
- Sector of Artificial Earth Satellite (AES) Observation and Information Systems (Chief of the sector – Candidate of Physical and Mathematical Sciences Alexander Vladimirovich Didenko).
Research directions: monitoring of the coordinate and photometric information on the geostationary AES and the space debris, their identification and classification.
- Sector on the Astronomical Complex Service (Chief of the sector – Nikolay Viktorovich Yeremeyev).
Research directions: service telescopes, photometers and spectrometers that are available to SLLP “V.G. Fessenkov Astrophysical Institute”; development, design, production and installation of devices, bundles and mechanisms on telescopes, photometers and spectrometers for the purpose of their modernization or the solution of certain scientific tasks.
- Expedition “Tien-Shan Astronomical Observatory and Coronal Station” (TShAO and CORST).
Laboratory of Stars and Nebulae Physics (Chief of the laboratory – Candidate of Physical and Mathematical Sciences Lyubov’ Illarionovna Shestakova).
Research directions: spectral and photometric research of stars and nebulae at early stages of their evolution, studying of non-stationary processes elapsing on stars and stellar systems.
The Laboratory also includes Expedition “Assy-Turgen Observatory”.
Laboratory of Cosmology, Stellar Dynamics and Computational Astrophysics.
Research directions: basic and applied research in the field of stellar dynamics, cosmology and computational astrophysics.
The Laboratory has only one sector: Nuclear Astrophysics Sector (Chief of the sector – Doctor of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, Professor Sergei Borisovich Dubovichenko).
Research directions: fundamental research on nuclear astrophysics, in particular – the mechanisms of thermonuclear processes of the Universe on different stages of its formation and discovering evolution.
Laboratory of Moon and Planets Physics (Chief of the Laboratory – Doctor of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, Professor Victor Germanovich Tejfel).
Research directions: fundamental and applied research of the planetary physics and physics of the Solar system bodies – investigation the structure and quasi non-stationary processes of the main optical parameters of the Earth atmosphere, earth-size planets and giant planets.
Laboratory of Active Processes in the Space (Chief of the Laboratory– Doctor of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, Professor Emmanuil Yakovlevich Vilkoviskij)
Research directions: basic and applied astrophysical research of active galactic nuclei, active solar processes.
Observational bases of Subsidiary Limited Liability Partnership “V.G. Fessenkov Astrophysical Institute”:
Kamenskoye Plato Astrophysical Research Observatory
Kamenskoye Plato Astrophysical Research Observatory is located at altitude of 1450 meters above sea level (Almaty, Kamenskoye Plato, Observatory, Fessenkov Astrophysical Institute).
There are following telescopes in the Observatory:
AZT-8 with diameter of main mirror 70 cm;
Zeiss-600 with diameter of main mirror 60 cm;
Hertz telescope-reflector with diameter of main mirror 50 cm;
Wide aperture Maksutov meniscus telescope with main mirror 50 cm;
AZT-8 is used for observation of Seyfert galaxies, symbiotic stars, binary systems with X-ray component, geostationary satellites.
Zeiss-600 is used for planet observations.
Kamenskoye Plato Astrophysical Research Observatory is the strategic site of space industry (Government Decree of the Republic of Kazakhstan dated June 30, 2008 No.651).
Expedition “Tien-Shan Astronomical Observatory and Coronal Station” (TShAO and CORST)
TShAO and CORST are located in 30 km South from Almaty at altitude of 2735 meters above sea level (Almaty Region, Karasay District, Big Almaty Lake, Tien-Shan Astronomical Observatory).
TShAO and CORST are observational bases with good astroclimate: up to 100 photometric nights per year, high transparency of atmosphere, negligible light pollution and turbulence (average FWHM=3″).
Such astroclimate conditions and location near Almaty make TShAO and CORST a convenient observational base for major astronomical research.
Availability of automated Zeiss 1-meter telescope and the Internet permits TShAO to participate in the international projects.
Zeiss 1-meter telescope is used for photometric investigation of variable stars in Milky Way, eclipsing systems with moving apsis line, eclipsing stars with pulsing component; also the programs on exoplanets and white dwarfs are being implemented.
Prospective modernization and automation of the second Zeiss 1-meter telescope next year will expand TShAO opportunities.
TShAO relates to the strategic sites of space industry (Government Decree of the Republic of Kazakhstan dated June 30, 2008 No. 651).
Expedition “Assy Turgen Observatory”
Assy Turgen Observatory is located in 85 km East from Almaty at altitude of 2750 meters above sea level. (Almaty Region, Yenbekshikazakhskiy District, Ush Bulak Tract, Assy Turgen Plato).
Assy Turgen is the only observatory in Kazakhstan with an ideal astroclimate: high transparency of the atmosphere, absence of light pollution and very small turbulence (average FWHM<2″).
There is Zeiss 1-meter telescope used for research of Herbig Ae/Be, planetary nebula, symbiotic stars and binary systems with X-ray component.
It is planned to put into operation 1.5-meter telescope AZT-20 in the nearest future.
Fundamental and applied research:
The following projects are fulfilled as the part of Sub-Program 101 “Grant Funding for Scientific Research” of the Budget Program 055 “Scientific and (or) Scientific and Technical Activities” in 2012-2014:
“Study of galaxies and galactic clusters evolution with the dark matter background”;
“The study of the astrophysical S-factors of the thermonuclear processes in the Sun and Stars”;
“Study of physical processes in the star-forming regions and in the nuclear zones of active galaxies”;
“Studying of physical properties of the selected objects of the Solar system”.
The following projects are implemented as the part of Republican Budget Program 002 “Applied Scientific Research in the Field of Space Activity” in 2012-2014:
“To Develop Methods of Astrophysical Research in the Ultraviolet Band according to the Data of Orbital Telescopes”;
“To Develop Methods and Algorithms for Searching and Tracking of Small Artificial Objects on the Geostationary Orbit”;
“Development of Methods and Technologies of Study of Early Spectral Class Stars with Infrared Excess”.
Total number of Employees – 116, 47 of which are Scientific Research Associates (including 9 Doctors of Sciences and 24 Candidates of Sciences), 29 – Engineering and Technical personnel.
Management of SLLP “V.G. Fessenkov Astrophysical Institute”:
Director – Candidate of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, PhD, Chingis Tukenovich Omarov
Deputy Director for Research – Candidate of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, Rashit Ravilevich Valiullin
Deputy Director for General Affairs – Fimiya Grigoryevna Tatanova
Academic Secretary – Candidate of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, Gaukhar Kopbayevna Aimanova
Postal address and Contacts:
Fessenkov Astrophysical Institute
Kamenskoye Plato, Medeu district
Tel.: +7 727 260 75 90 (secretariat)
Fax: +7 727 260 75 90