Professors

Andreas Burkert

 
  phone: +49 89 2180 5992 
  email: andi [at]usm.lmu.de
  office:  USM I01
    publications,
homepage,
www.andreasburkert.com

Chair of Computational and Theoretical Astrophysics (CAST)

  • 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

Thomas Preibisch

 
  phone: +49 89 2180 6016 
  email: preib[at]usm.lmu.de
  office:  USM I21
    publications,
homepage

 Young Stars & Star Formation

  • Star formation
  • Protoplanetary disks
Barbara Ercolano

Barbara Ercolano

 
  phone: +49 89 2180 6974 
  email: ercolano[at]usm.lmu.de 
  office:  USM I35
    publicationshomepage
 

Planet & Star Formation

  • 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.

Tilman Birnstiel

 
  phone: +49 89 2180 6973
  email: til.birnstiel[at]lmu.de
  office:  USM I36
    homepage

Planet Formation

  • Protoplanetary discs
  • Planet formation
 
Group Leaders

Klaus Dolag

 
  phone: +49 89 2180 5994 
  email: kdolag[at]mpa-garching.mpg.de
  office:  USM I02
    publicationshomepage

Cosmological Simulations & Galaxy Clusters 

  • Magnetic Fields
  • Cosmology
  • Clusters of Galaxies

Rhea-Silvia Remus

 
  phone: +49 89 2180 6986 
  email: rhea[at]usm.lmu.de 
  office:  USM I03
    publicationshomepage
 

Galaxy Structure & Galaxy Evolution 

 Christian Alig

 
  phone: +49 2180 5991 
  email: alig[at]usm.lmu.de 
  office:  USM E24
    publications

Virtual Reality & Numerical Simulations 

  • Numerical Simulations of the formation and evolution of turbulent gaseous discs and rings inside galactic centres

Ben Moster

 
  phone: +49 89 2180 9284
  email: moster[at]usm.lmu.de
  office:  USM E05
    publications, homepage

 Galaxies & Dark Matter

  • Empirical Galaxy Formation Models
  • Subhalo Abundance Matching
  • Hydrodynamical Simulations
  • Dark Matter
  • Cosmology
   
Staff Scientists
Manuel Behrendt

 Manuel Behrendt

 
  phone: +49 89 30000 3931 
  email: mabe[at]mpe.mpg.de 
  office:  MPE X2/364
    publicationshomepage
 

 Dynamics of Young Disk Galaxies

  • Formation and evolution of star-forming galaxies at high-redshift

Veronica Biffi

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

Galaxy Clusters

  • Independent DFG Fellow with the project: "Baryon census from galaxy clusters down to galaxies"
  • Simulations of galaxy clusters, X-ray synthetic observations 
Christian Alig

Tadziu Hoffmann

 
  phone: +49 2180 6024 
  email: hoffmann[at]usm.lmu.de
  office:  USM I28
    publications

Stellar Spectra & Radiative Transfer

 
External Associated Scientists

Eric Emsellem

- European Southern Observatory
- Centre de Recherche Astrophysique de Lyon/Observatoire de Lyon

email: eric.emsellem[at]eso.org

 Galaxies: observations, modeling and simulations

  • Galactic dynamics
  • Early-type galaxies, star-forming discs
  • Integral field spectroscopy
  • Data analysis

Rolf-Peter Kudritzki

 - Institute for Astronomy, University of Hawaii
- University Observatory - LMU Munich

email: kud[at]usm.lmu.de

 

 
  • http://www.ifa.hawaii.edu/users/kud

Almudena Prieto

 

- Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias Calle Vía Láctea, Spain

email: aprieto[at]iac.es 

 

 

 

 

Postdocs

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.
Stefan Heigl

Stefan Heigl

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

Aura Obreja

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

Matías Gárate

 

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

Apostolos Zormpas

  phone:  
  email: zormpas[at]usm.lmu.de 
  office:  USM 
     
 
 
 Bendix Hagedorn

Bendix Hagedorn

 

     
  email: bendix[at]usm.lmu.de

Evolution and dynamics of cold gas in simulated galaxies 

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
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
Stefan Lüders

Stefan Lüders

 

 

     
  email: slueders[at]usm.lmu.de
     
Cooling functions of metal rich gases 
Stephan Vladutescu-Zopp

Stephan Vladutescu-Zopp

 

     
  email: vladutescu[at]usm.lmu.de 
     
Implementing X-ray binary emission for the photon simulator PHOX 

 

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

 
 Bernd Lang

Michael Kastl

 
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.

Marc Schartmann

Hydrodynamical and radiative transfer simulations of (Active) Galactic Nuclei
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.
Florian Semrau

Martin Zintl

SPH simulations with GPU

 

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

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CAST Group Outing Hamburg, March 2013

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CAST Group Outing in Garmisch, 2012

 


USM, January 2011 

CAST group

USM, May 2007

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