Emmy Noether Research Group on Stellar Atmospheres and Mass Loss

Research Interests

  • Massive Stars and their role in shaping our Universe
  • Expanding Stellar Atmospheres
  • Radiative Transfer
  • Stellar Feedback
  • High Mass X-ray Binaries
  • Gravitational Wave Progenitors

My Scientific Vita

About Me

I am a junior research group leader with scientific expertise in stellar atmospheres, in particular for hot and massive stars. These stars are shaping their environment via their ionizing radiation and strong stellar wind, which is typically a billion times stronger than our solar wind. To get a physical insight of these highly impactful stars, we need to understand the light they are sending us. Therefore, I am actively developing PoWR, a leading code in simulating the complex atmospheres of hot stars with radiatively driven winds. Located at the conjunction of theory and observations, I use my atmosphere models to quantify the physical properties of massive stars and their winds. This includes the analysis of observations from modern, large-scale telescopes as well as providing predictions for mass-loss rates, stellar spectra and feedback, crucial ingredients to better understand stellar populations and the origin of massive black holes and gravitational waves.

Postdoctoral Career

since Aug 2021
Emmy Noether Research Group Leader at Heidelberg University (ZAH/ARI)
Mar 2020 to Jul 2021
Öpik Research Fellow at Armagh Observatory & Planetarium, Northern Ireland
Jul 2018 to Feb 2020
Postdoctoral Researcher at Armagh Observatory & Planetarium, Northern Ireland
Mar 2016 to Jun 2018
Postdoctoral Researcher at Potsdam University

Academic Education

Jan 2011 to Feb 2016
PhD student (Dr. rer. nat.) at Potsdam University
Oct 2004 to Dec 2010
Diplom student (Dipl.-Phys.) at Potsdam University
Emmy Noether Research Group on Stellar Atmospheres and Mass Loss at ARI/ZAH
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