I am a Professor for Astronomy at the
Observatory of Munich University, where I lead the
Young Stars & Star Formation Group since
From the year 2010 until 2014 I served as the German Representative in the ESO Users Committee.
HAWK-I near-infrared image of the Carina Nebula
Carina Nebula: Herschel far-infrared
LABOCA sub-mm image of the Carina Nebula
The largest current project in this context is my multi-wavelength investigation
of the Carina Nebula.
The April 2013 issue of the
Star Formation Newsletter
contains an article in which I described the background of this project.
I also lead a long-term project to explore the full stellar population of the Upper Scorpius OB Association, the most nearby region of recent massive star formation. Following large multi-object spectroscopic surveys to identify a representative sample of low-mass members, our studies of the mass function and the age distribution of the members allowed a rather detailed reconstruction of the star formation process of this association. The results suggest that the star formation process in Upper Sco was triggered, most likely by the shock-wave of an expanding supernova- and wind-driven superbubble from the nearby Upper Centaurus Lupus association. I will soon start a new project (funded in the context of the DFG Priority Program 1573: Physics of the Interstellar Medium) in which we will study the interaction of the winds and ionizing radiation of the massive stars with the surrounding interstellar medium in detail.
Relevant publications: A5, A2, A1, B93, B92, B90, B88, B87, B86, B85, B84, B78, B77, B75, B74, B71, B70, B69, B29, B22, B16, B12, C29; several presentations are also available.
Relevant publications: A3, B83, B82, B80, B77, B76, B75, B74, B73, B72, B69, B63, B60, B59, B53, B51, B50, B49, B48, B47, B46, B42, B40, B36, B33, B32, B27, B24, B17, B15, B14, B13, B11, B10, B8, B7, B6, B3, B2; several presentations are also available.
A growing number of new X-ray, infrared, and sub-mm images of the Carina Nebula Complex is available since March 2011 on the webpage describing our Carina Multiwavelength Project.