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Leader of the Computational Astrophysics (CAST) group
Andreas Burkert

Andreas Burkert


  phone: +49 89 2180 5992 
  email: andi [at]usm.lmu.de
  office:  USM I01
    publications, homepage
  • Nature of dark matter
  • Formation of galaxies
  • Active Galactic Nuclei
  • Structure and dynamics of the interstellar medium
  • Formation of turbulent molecular clouds, stars and stellar clusters
  • Planet formation
 
Scientific Staff
Klaus Dolag

Klaus Dolag

 

  phone: +49 89 2180 5994 
  email: kdolag[at]mpa-garching.mpg.de
  office:  USM I02
    publicationshomepage
 
  • Magnetic Fields
  • Cosmology
  • Clusters of Galaxies
 
Leader of the Planet and Star Formation group
Barbara Ercolano

Barbara Ercolano


  phone: +49 89 2180 6974 
  email: ercolano[at]usm.lmu.de 
  office:  USM I35
    publicationshomepage
  • Protoplanetary discs and planet formation
  • Star formation and stellar feedback
  • Dust production by Supernovae
  • The structure, ionisation and chemistry of the Interstellar medium
  • Radiative transfer techniques.
 
Leader of the Planet Formation group

Tilman Birnstiel


  phone: +49 89 2180 6973
  email: til.birnstiel[at]lmu.de
  office:  USM 
    homepage
  • Protoplanetary discs and planet formation
     
Leader of the Galaxies and Dark Matter group

Ben Moster


  phone: +49 89 2180 9284
  email: moster[at]usm.lmu.de
  office:  USM E05
    publications, homepage
  • Empirical Galaxy Formation Models
  • Subhalo Abundance Matching
  • Hydrodynamical Simulations
  • Dark Matter
  • Cosmology
 

 

 

 

Postdocs
Christian Alig

Christian Alig

  phone: +49 2180 5991 
  email: alig[at]usm.lmu.de 
  office:  USM E24
    publications
Numerical Simulations of the formation and evolution of turbulent gaseous discs and rings inside galactic centres.
Manuel Behrendt

Manuel Behrendt

  phone: +49 89 30000 3931 
  email: mabe[at]mpe.mpg.de 
  office:  MPE X2/364
    publicationshomepage
 The Formation and Evolution of Star-Forming Galaxies at High-Redshift
Veronica Biffi

Veronica Biffi

  phone: +49 2180 6968 
  email: biffi[at]usm.lmu.de
  office:  USM 005A (E10)
    publications

 

- Baryon census from galaxy clusters down to galaxies
- Simulations of galaxy clusters, X-ray synthetic observations  

Matias Blaña

  phone: +49 89 30000-3884
  email: mblana[at]mpe.mpg.de
  office:  MPE X2/364
    publications homepage
Stellar and galactic dynamics, Barred galaxies, Andromeda (M31), Dwarf spheroidal galaxies, Star clusters, N-body simulations, Made-to-measure modelling.

Aura Obreja

  phone: +49 89 2180 5918 
  email: obreja[at]usm.lmu.de 
  office:  USM E18b
    publicationshomepage
Galaxy Formation Simulations, Synthetic Observations

Rhea-Silvia Remus

  phone: +49 89 2180 6986 
  email: rhea[at]usm.lmu.de 
  office:  USM I03
    publicationshomepage
The Evolution of Galaxies in Groups; the Outer Structure of Elliptical Galaxies and their Dark Matter Halos.

Marc Schartmann

  phone: +49 89 30000-3319
  email: mschartm[at]mpe.mpg.de 
  office:  MPE X2/364
    publications
 Hydrodynamical and radiative transfer simulations of (Active) Galactic Nuclei
Christian Alig

Sebastian Stammler

  phone:  
  email: stammler[at]usm.lmu.de 
  office:  USM 
     
 
Adelheid Teklu

Adelheid Teklu

  phone: +49 2180 6968 
  email: ateklu[at]usm.lmu.de 
  office:  USM 005A (E10)
    publications
Formation of extended gas disks in cosmological simulations 
Milena Valentini

Milena Valentini

  phone: +49 2180 6968 
  email: valentini[at]usm.lmu.de 
  office:  USM 005A (E10)
    publications
 
- Galaxy formation and evolution
- Stellar and AGN feedback
- Cosmological hydrodynamical simulations
Graduate Students
Martin Zintl

Matías Gárate

 

  phone:  
  email: mgarate[at]usm.lmu.de 
  office:  USM 
     
 
Stefan Heigl

Stefan Heigl


  phone: +49 89 2180 5970 
  email: heigl[at]usm.lmu.de
  office:  USM E01 
    publications
Simulations of fragmentation in filaments
Elena Hoemann

Elena Hoemann

  phone: +49 89 2180 6029 
  email: hoemann[at]usm.lmu.de
  office:  USM 120 (I25) 
     
Dynamics of the filamentary ISM
Joseph O'Leary

Joseph O'Leary

  phone:  +49 89 2180 5981
  email: joleary[at]usm.lmu.de 
  office:  USM E16
Empirical galaxy formation models at high-redshift, merger rates, supernova rates
Marcel Lotz

Marcel Lotz

 

  phone: +49 89 2180 5979 
  email: mlotz[at]usm.lmu.de
  office:  USM 
    publications
 Anisotropies in galaxy clusters
Felix Schulze

Felix Schulze


  phone: +49 89 2180 6968 
  email: fschulze[at]usm.lmu.de 
  office:  USM E10
    publications
Kinematics of early type galaxies in cosmological simulations.

Ulrich Steinwandel


  phone: +49 89 2180 5990 
  email: usteinw[at]usm.lmu.de 
  office:  USM E01
    publications
Galaxy formation at high-redshift, supernova feedback, formation of black holes
Martin Zintl

Martin Zintl

  phone: +49 2180 6968 
  email: zintl[at]usm.lmu.de 
  office:  USM E24
    publications
SPH simulations with GPU
Martin Zintl

Apostolos Zorbas

  phone:  
  email: zormpas[at]usm.lmu.de 
  office:  USM 
     
 
Undergraduate Students
Ludwig Böss

Ludwig Böss

 

  phone:  +49 89 2180 5979
  email: lboess[at]usm.lmu.de
  office:  USM E11
 MHD Simulations of Cosmic Rays in Galaxy Clusters
Paul Hinz

Paul Hinz

 

  phone:  +49 89 2180 5979
  email: phinz[at]usm.lmu.de
  office:  USM E11
Update of the GADGET Code with a new Meshless Finite Mass (MFM) algorithm for the hydrodynamics and testing of the implications on structure formation
Michael Kastl

Michael Kastl

 

  phone:  +49 89 2180 5981
  email: mkastl[at]usm.lmu.de 
  office:  USM 
 
Max Kühn

Maximillian Kühn

 

  phone:  +49 89 2180 5979
  email: mkuehn[at]usm.lmu.de 
  office:  USM E11

 

Kinematics of BCG's in cool core and non-cool core clusters

 

Christian Alig 

Alexander Arth

Performing MHD simulations with Tree-PM/SPH Code Gadget. Implementing anisotropic conduction to improve simulations of galaxy cluster formation.
Jaime Abella Paya

Jaime Abella Payá

Simulations of clumps in z~2 galaxies with stellar feedback
Michael Aumer

Michael Aumer

High-redshift galactic disk formation and structure

Alessandro Ballone

Stellar winds in Galactic Nuclei; the galactic center cloud G2
 

Eirini Batziou

The Interplay of magnetic fields and and star formation processes in galaxies using SPMHD simulations. 
Antonia Bevan

Antonia Bevan

Protoplanetary discs around young stars.

Adrian Bittner

Disk galaxies in cosmological zoom-in simulations
Max Brunner

Max Brunner

Self-regulated star formation in and evolution of galactic disks, including as infall from the cosmic web
Pawel Ciecielag

Pawel Ciecielag

Planets formation: planetesimals accretion, gas drag, disk-planet interaction; Cosmology: large scale velocity fields, density-velocity comparisions; Numerical methods: direct n-body (Nbody4++ code, special purpose hardware - GRAPE), hydro (PPM, AMR, FLASH code).

James Dale

3-D SPH simulations of the effects of stellar feedback, particularly photionization and stellar winds, on star-forming molecular clouds, to investigate the likelihood of triggered star formation and to evaluate the disruptive effect of feedback on embedded clusters.
Clare Dobbs

Clare Dobbs

Molecular cloud formation in spiral galaxies. Formation of spiral galaxies.
Elena D'Onghia

Elena D'Onghia

Galaxy and Structure Formation, the nature of dark matter, galaxy evolution, groups of galaxies.
Julius Donnert

Julius Donnert

On the non-thermal emission in galaxy clusters 
Supervisors: Klaus Dolag, Harald Lesch
Franziska Eisner

Franziska Eisner

Differences between observations and simulations of metallicities in galaxies
Bernat Ferrer

Bernat Ferrer

 
Katharina Fierlinger

Katharina Fierlinger

Interaction of massive star groups with the ISM: hydro models for radioactive tracers in the Orion Eridanus Superbubble. Codes: RAMSES
 Pascal Förster

Pascal Förster

 Satellite galaxies in large-scale cosmological simulations; Turbulence in SPH
 

Michael Frühauf

 Asteroids, Near-Earth Objects, Impact Avoidance
Wolfgang von Glasow

Wolfgang von Glasow

Galactic Winds: launching galactic outflows and feedback processes
Matthias Gritschneder

Matthias Gritschneder

Photoionisation in the environment of young, massive stars. Study of triggered star formation in proximity to these efficient ionisation sources. Numerical methods: SPH + Ionisation, VINE.

Sebastian Hammer

Simulations of collisions between gas clouds and disk galaxies

Helmut Hetznecker

Helmut Hetznecker

Large scale structure formation, structure of dark matter halos, dwarf galaxies in dark matter halos
Michael Hilz

Michael Hilz

Binary black hole mergers in galaxies (VINE code)
Michaela Hirschmann

Michaela Hirschmann

Origin of the anti-hierarchical growth of black holes in the universe
 

David Hubber

Developing the Graphical Astrophysics code for N-body Dynamics And Lagrangian Fluids (GANDALF) primarily designed for investigating star formation and planet formation.
Francesca Iannuzzi

Francesca Iannuzzi

Studying the survival of galaxies in hydrodynamical simulations of clusters
Supervisors: Klaus Dolag, Simon White
Martin Ilgner

Martin Ilgner

Photoionisation models of the ISM, Chemistry and dynamics of protoplanetary discs
Roland Jesseit

Roland Jesseit

Orbital theory, stellar dynamics, galaxy formation, physics of dark matter halos.
Peter Johansson

Peter Johansson

Galaxy and structure formation, analytic and numerical modelling of feedback, modelling of galaxy populations.
Veronika Junk

Veronika Junk

Formation and dynamics of galaxy substructure; problem of the missing satellites.
Simon Karl

Simon Karl

Galaxy mergers with respect to the growth of central black holes (VINE code)

Geray Karademir

Cosmological zoom-in simulations with a focus on galaxy groups 
Madhura Killedar

Madhura Killedar

Testing galaxy cluster mass measurement techniques with numerical simulations and triaxial mass models, weak and strong gravitational lensing, cosmology, Bayesian inference and regression methods

Manuel Ködel

HI-Gas dynamics of galaxies and galaxy clusters in the cosmological simulation Magneticum

Christine Maria Koepferl

Christine Maria Koepferl

Protoplanetary discs around young stars.
Hanna Kotarba

Hanna Kotarba

With Prof. Harald Lesch: Magnetic field evolution in isolated and interacting spiral galaxies. Numerical methods: N-body/SPH (GADGET)
Martin Krause

Martin Krause

Radiation hydrodynamics at opacity transitions; Energy transport in molecular tori. The role of activity in galaxy evolution, multiphase turbulence, astrophysical jets, magnetic fields in galaxy clusters (SKADS)
Bernd Lang

Bernd Lang

Formation of stars, Turbulence, Accretion Disks, Prestellar Cores and Molecular Clouds, Radiative Transfer.

Guang-Xing Li

Connecting theoretical and observational star formation study. Studying the structure of molecular clouds using the G-viral method.
Chiara Mastropietro

Chiara Mastropietro

 
 

Emilio Mevius

Metallicity in cosmological simulations
Georg Michna

Georg Michna

TBD
Nickolas Moeckel

Nickolas Moeckel

Hydrodynamics and stellar dynamics of young star clusters and star forming regions. The interplay between stellar and planetary dynamics.
Birgitta Müller

Birgitta Müller

The Structure of Cold Dark Matter Halos
Thorsten Naab

Thorsten Naab

 
Judith Ngoumou

Judith Ngoumou

Massive star feedback and triggered star formation
Eva Ntormousi

Eva Ntormousi

Molecular cloud formation in colliding flows
Ludwig Oser

Ludwig Oser

The formation of the Hubble Sequence (GADGET code)

Go Ogiya

Dynamical structure of dark matter halos, Small-scale problems of cold dark matter cosmology, GPGPU

Beata Pasternak

Non-thermal emission from galaxy clusters - evolution of cosmic rays in merging galaxy clusters.

 

Stephanie Pekruhl

Stephanie Pekruhl

with Prof. Th. Preibisch: Observations & Simulations of Molecular Cloud Structure
     
Antonio Ragagnin

Antonio Ragagnin

Cosmological Simulations
Daniel Rahne

Daniel Rahner

Formation of fast rotating elliptical galaxies by multiple minor mergers.
Lennart Reb

Lennart Reb 

Modelling the Spectral Energy Distribution of Low Luminosity Active Galactic Nuclei

Francesco Rizzuto

Empirical galaxy formation models with warm dark matter 
Giovanni Rosotti

Giovanni Rosotti

SPH simulations of accretion disc, both protoplanetary discs, to evaluate the effect of X-ray photoionization on the evolution of the disc, and discs around supermassive black holes.
Anna Schauer

Anna Schauer

Planetary Nebulae as tracers in Elliptical Galaxies
David Schlachtberger

David Schlachtberger

The Origin of Cold Gas in Elliptical Galaxies: Zoom-in Simulations with Gadget3
 

Philipp Schneider

Early phases of star formation - velocity and density structure of filaments in turbulent molecular clouds.
Florian Semrau

Florian Semrau

 
Federico Stasyszyn

Federico Stasyszyn

Smoothed particle magneto-hydro-dynamics for cosmological applications
Supervisors: Klaus Dolag, Simon White
Lisa Steinborn

Lisa Steinborn

Active Galactic Nuclei in cosmological simulations 
Jens Stücker

Jens Stücker

Investigation of structure formation with warm dark matter in high resolution simulations
Stefanie Walch

Stefanie Walch

Star formation with emphasis on the formation of protostellar disks, evolution and fragmentation of protoplanetary disks and the evolution of their spectral energy distributions. Numerical Methods: Grid-AMR: FLASH code; SPH: VINE code
Markus Wetzstein

Markus Wetzstein

Galaxy interactions / mergers, structure formation in the tidal arms of merging galaxies, formation of tidal dwarf galaxies, numerical methods for N-body / SPH (smoothed particle hydrodynamics) simulations, the VINE simulation code, special purpose hardware GRAPE for the computation of gravitational forces, implementation of the SPH algorithm on an FPGA (field programmable gate array) based special purpose hardware.

 

CAST Group Outing in Prien/Chiemsee, October 2019

 


CAST Group Outing in Überlingen (Bodensee) , April 2018


CAST Group Outing in Oberstdorf (Allgäu) , April 2017


CAST Group Outing on the Wendelstein, March 2016


CAST Group Outing Eibsee, April 2015

CAST group

CAST Group Outing Hamburg, March 2013

CAST group

CAST Group Outing in Garmisch, 2012

 


USM, January 2011 

CAST group

USM, May 2007

CAST group 

 

Visitors
 

Diego Calderón

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February 2018 - December 2018, from: Instituto de Astrofísica, PUC, Chile

- Gas dynamics in the Galactic Centre

- Stellar wind collisions
 

Doug Lin

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9.-12. April 2018, from: Astronomy & Astrophysics Department, UC Santa Cruz, USA

 

Celine Tchernin

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2.-4. May 2018, from: Institut für Theoretische Astrophysik, University of Heidelberg, Germany

 

Lee Hartmann

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21.-27. May 2018, from: Department of Astronomy, University of Michigan, USA

 

Sabine Bellstedt

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10.-29. June 2018, from: Centerfor Astrophysics and Supercomputing, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia

 

Duncan Forbes 

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17.-29. June 2018, from: Centerfor Astrophysics and Supercomputing, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia
 

Julius Donnert 

 

2.-6. July 2018, from: IRA Bologna, Italy and the University of Minnesota, USA
 

Jorge Cuadra

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4. July - 8. August 2018, from P. Universidad Católica de Chile
 

Conrad Tristram

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25. July - 11. August 2018, from ESO in Santiago, Chile
 

Kelly Blumenthal

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October 2018, Center For Astrophysics, Harvard University, USA
 

Marvin Blank

October 2018, New York University Abu Dhabi
 

Chris Russell

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15-28. October 2018, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Santiago
 

Keiichi Wada

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15-28. October 2018, Kagoshima University, Japan
 

Luigi Bassini

5.-16. November 2018, INAF Trieste, Italy