Vela-C molecular cloud


Latest News:

19 Aug 2017: Welcome to this new website!

31 Aug 2017: ALMA-IMF Large Program proposal for Cycle5 (PIs: Motte F., Ginsburg A., Louvet F. & Sanhueza P.)

19 Oct 2017: Paper published in Nature Astronomy: Challenging the relation between core masses and stellar masses

04 May 2019: New Reference letter from the director of IRAM


Frédérique Motte

I am a member of the CNRS Research staff in the Interstellaire and Odyssey groups of the Institute of Planetology and Astrophysics of Grenoble (IPAG). The main objective of my research is to understand the physical process of star formation. To this end, I devoted my work to observational studies of cores of molecular clouds, which represent the earliest phases of the star formation process. In twenty years, my path led me from the formation of a solar-type (low-mass) stars to the formation of massive star clusters and the clouds that gave birth to them.

Main collaborators


IPAG Logo My research is currently funded by Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS), the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation program Star Form Mapper and the Programme National de Physique Stellaire (PNPS) and Physique et Chimie du Milieu Interstellaire (PCMI) of CNRS/INSU (with INC/INP/IN2P3) co-funded by CEA and CNES.