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Astrophysical advanced seminars
for the Master of Science in Astrophysics/Physics



Topics chosen in the SS 14:
Basic astrophysical concepts or Tools in modern Astrophysics  

Name Topic Date Supervisor

1.  O. Friedrich    06.05  
TC6  Cosmic Shear: Measuring Dark Matter and Dark Energy with gravitational lensing.    Seitz/Grün

2.  N. Konrad    13.05  
BI2  Theory of the formation of Stroemgren spheres.    Pauldrach

3.  M. Kluge    20.05  
TOL1  Galaxy Clusters with the Wendelstein Wide Field Imager.    Seitz/Grün

4.  J. Stücker    27.05  
BG2  Are Elliptical Galaxies made by mergers?    Remus

5.  P. Hüsemann    03.06  
TS4  Triggering of star formation.    Preibisch

6.  Z. Keszthelyi    10.06  
BS3  The wind-momentum luminosity relation.    Puls

7.  T. Palacz    17.06  
BL1  The gravitational lens effect.    Seitz

8.  A. Klitsch    24.06  
TOI3  SINFONI: Spectro-Imaging and threedimensional data.    Gillessen

9.  x  x  01.07  x

10.  V. Zivkov    08.07  
TOM3  Paradox of Youth in the Galactic Center.    Gillessen

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Preselected Topics for the WS 14/15:
1) theoretically and numerically oriented subjects

Name Topic   Supervisor

  Cosmology      

  Galaxy Clusters      

  Galaxies      

  ISM      

  Stars      

  Planets      

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Preselected Topics for the WS 14/15:
2) experimentally and observationally oriented subjects

Name Topic   Supervisor

  Instruments      

  Methods      

  Cosmology      

  Galaxy Clusters      

  Galaxies      

  Stars      

  Planets      

 


Topics chosen in the WS 13/14:
Basic astrophysical concepts or Tools in modern Astrophysics  

Name Topic Date Supervisor

 
*1.  x  x  12.11  x

2.  x  x  19.11  x

3.  F. Schlagintweit  Ritchey-Cretien-Telescopes (VLT, WST 2m, PanSTARRS):
 The impact of science on the optical design.
 26.11  Gillessen

4.  J. Selig  Hertzsprung-Russell diagram, Colour-Magnitude diagram and globular clusters.  03.12  Riffeser

5.  T. Simm  Galaxy evolution: From z~3 to present day.  10.12  Remus

6.  S. Styrnik  Cosmological Simulations of Galaxy Clusters.  17.12  Dolag

7.  K. Wollenberg  Dark matter and structure formation in the Universe?  07.01  Alig

8.  M. Rugel  Detection of Gravitational Waves.  14.01  Saro

9.  M. Jahnke  The Formation of Planets.  21.01  Ercolano

10.  x  x  28.01  x

*11.  x  x  04.02  x

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Topics of the 1st Semester: Basic astrophysical concepts (B)  

Topics of the 2nd Semester: Tools in modern astrophysics (T)

Overview

1) theoretically and numerically oriented subjects (32 B/T)

  2) experimentally and observationally oriented subjects (29 B/T)

 

 

Instruments
3B+3T

(CCDs, large optical systems, infrared astronomy, gravitational waves, spectro-imaging)

 

 

Methods
3B+4T

(adaptive optics, corrections, reduction, c2, interferometry, image processing, difference imaging technique)

Cosmology
2B+6T

(expansion, CMB, DM, DE)

Cosmology
3T

(DE Survey, DE properties, high redshift U, nature of distant G)

Galaxy Clusters
1B+3T

(simulations, evolution, GL)

Galaxy Clusters
3B+2T

(magnetic field, DM density, mass, distribution)

Galaxies
4B+3T

(gas and dust, structures, mergers, simulations)

Galaxies
2B+1T

(stellar structure, size, brightness, mass, metals, evolution)

ISM
3B

(instabilities, spectral features, ionization)

 

 

Stars
4B+4T

(formation, IMF, WLR, spectra, clumping, SEDs)

Stars
2B+2T

(astrometry, clusters, populations, IMBHs)

Planets
1B+1T

(formation, disk evolution)

Planets
1B

(detection)


1) theoretically and numerically oriented subjects (B,T)

Name Topic   Supervisor

  Cosmology      

BC1  Imprints of Reionization on the Cosmic Microwave Background.    Weller/
 Giannantonio 

BC2  Gunn-Peterson effect.    Alig

TC1  Why is the cosmic microwave background fluctuation level 10-5?    Lesch

TC2  Type Ia supernovae in modern astrophysics.    Hoffmann

TC3  Spherical Collapse in a Dark Energy Dominated Universe.    Weller/
 Achitouv

TC4  Dark matter and structure formation in the Universe?    Alig

TC5  Explaining cosmic acceleration with Dark Energy.    Hoyle/Weller

TC6  Cosmic Shear: Measuring Dark Matter and Dark Energy with gravitational lensing.    Seitz/Grün

  Galaxy Clusters      

BL1  The gravitational lens effect.    Seitz

TL1  Cosmological Simulations of Galaxy Clusters.    Dolag

TL2  Galaxy evolution: From z~3 to present day.    Remus

TL3  Measuring Dark Matter with Strong Gravitational Lensing.
or
 
Weak gravitational lensing: strech & flex of galaxies.
   Seitz

 Seitz


  Galaxies      

BG1  Gas and Dust in the Milky Way.    Gerhard

BG2  Are Elliptical Galaxies made by mergers?    Remus

BG3  Surface brightness profiles of elliptical galaxies.    Naab

BG4  The orbital structure of galaxies.    Thomas

TG1  Simulations of gravitating particle systems: Evolution of star clusters and galaxies.    Naab

TG2  Dynamical modeling and the structure of elliptical galaxies:
 Dark matter and the formation epoch of ellipticals.
   Thomas

TG3  Galaxy Models with NMAGIC.    Gerhard

  ISM      

BI1  Hierarchy of instabilities in the Interstellar Medium.    Lesch

BI2  Theory of the formation of Stroemgren spheres.    Pauldrach

BI3  Broad and narrow lines regions in quasars.    Hoffmann

  Stars      

BS1  Formation mechanisms of high-mass stars.    Preibisch

BS2  The Stellar Initial Mass Function.    Saro

BS3  The wind-momentum luminosity relation.    Puls

BS4  The spectral classification scheme.    Butler

TS1  Clumping in hot star winds.    Puls

TS2  Line broadening and other misdemeanours.    Butler

TS3  Spectral Energy Distributions of the first Stars and the Reionization of the universe.    Pauldrach

TS4  Triggering of star formation.    Preibisch

  Planets      

BP1  The Evolution of Protoplanetary Disks    Ercolano/Rosotti

TP1  The Formation of Planets.    Ercolano/Rosotti

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2) experimentally and observationally oriented subjects (B,T)

Name Topic   Supervisor

  Instruments      

BOI1  Ritchey-Cretien-Telescopes (VLT, WST 2m, PanSTARRS):
 The impact of science on the optical design.
or
 Exploring telescope optics: How do the largest optical systems work?
   Grupp

 Riffeser


BOI2  Experimental Methods of Infrared Astronomy:
 The Key to the Galactic Center.
   Gillessen

BOI3  Detection of Gravitational Waves.    Saro 

TOI1  Astronomical CCD Cameras.
or
 
Modern eyes in astronomy - CCDs and IR detectors.
   Lang

 Gillessen


TOI2  VISIR: State-of-the-art instrumentation for thermal infrared studies.    Gillessen

TOI3  SINFONI: Spectro-Imaging and threedimensional data.    Gillessen

  Methods      

BOM1  c2 - fitting: Seeking the most likely truth.    Gillessen

BOM2  Adaptive Optics: Correcting the atmospheric turbulence for ground- based telescopes.    Gillessen

BOM3  Getting most out of your data - Data Reduction.    Gillessen

TOM1  Optical Interferometry: Breaking the diffraction limit of individual telescopes.    Gillessen/
 Eisenhauer

TOM2  Adaptive optics and laser guide stars:
 Compensating the atmospheric turbulence for diffraction limited images.
or
 Advanced Adaptive Optics: laser guide stars and Multi-Conjugated Adaptive Optics.
   Gillessen

 Gillessen


TOM3  Advanced image processing: Deriving fundamental properties of the
 Galactic Center Supermassive Black Hole and its stellar neighborhood.
   Gillessen

TOM4  `Needles in the Heystack'
 Searching for Machos and Planets with the difference imaging technique.
   Koppenhoefer

  Cosmology      

TOC1  How does one make precise measurements of 1 billion galaxies?    Mohr 

TOC2  Detailed views of the era when stars have formed - the high-redshift Universe.
or
 Probing the nature and evolution of distant galaxies.
   Kurk

 Kurk


TOC3  Challenges in Galaxy Shape Measurement for Weak Gravitational Lensing.    Dietrich

TOC4  Understanding cosmic acceleration.    Sanchez

  Galaxy Clusters      

BOL1  Faraday Rotation (RM) of polarized radio emission.    Dolag

BOL2  What can the content of galaxy clusters tell us about the dark matter density in the Universe?    Mohr

BOL3  Weighing Galaxy Clusters with Weak Gravitational Lensing.    Dietrich

TOL1  Galaxy Clusters with the Wendelstein Wide Field Imager.    Seitz/Grün

TOL2  Cosmology with Galaxy Clusters.    Grün

TOL3  Cosmology from the large-scale structure of the Universe.    Sanchez

  Galaxies      

BOG1  Properties of early-type galaxies.    Beifiori

TOG1  Early-type galaxies across the cosmic time.    Beifiori

  Stars      

BOS1  Astrometry: Useful since the times of Kepler.    Gillessen

BOS2  Hertzsprung-Russell diagram, Colour-Magnitude diagram and globular clusters.    Riffeser

TOS1  Synthesizing stellar isochrones to observed stellar populations.    Riffeser 

TOS2  Intermediate-mass Black Holes.    Gillessen

  Planets      

BOP1  Extra-solar Planets: The various detection methods.
or
 The Kepler Mission: Searching for a twin of the Earth.
   Koppenhoefer

 Koppenhoefer


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