University of Heidelberg

Dynamics of galaxies, star clusters and planetary systems (MVSem)

Lecturers: Andreas Just, Rainer Spurzem

Summer term 2020 (2 SWS)
Wednesday 14:00 - 15:30, ARI seminarroom (1st floor) Online, see below.

This 'Masterpflichtseminar' is addressed specifically to master students, who intend to obtain the mantadory 'MVSem' graded certificate required for the master in physics. It is organised as a journal club, where every topic usually consists of a seminar talk by the student presenting one or more recent research papers. An additional written report on the presentation is required.


Please register here for participation

ONLINE teaching

This seminar will be held online via a Zoom platform (at least initially). More detailed information, how to use Zoom and the link to join the meetings will be given by email to the registered participants.

Time Plan

A presentation of possible topics, the choice of topics and time plan will be done in the first and second session (in brackets you find the available supervisors for each date). A list of topics as suggested by the lecturers can be found here. More and other suggestions are always welcome.

  • 22.4. (AJ,RS) Planning Session
  • 29.4. (AJ,RS) Optional Meeting Question/Answer
  • 6.5. (AJ,RS) free so far
  • 13.5. (AJ,RS) Alexander Nies: S2 Flyby-induced misalignments in planet-hosting discs
  • 20.5. (AJ,RS) Philipp Nguyen: J5 Keeping it Cool: Much Orbit Migration, yet Little Heating, in the Galactic Disk
  • 27.5. (AJ,RS) postponed
  • 3.6. (AJ,RS) Henrik Knierim: J2 Inward bound: the incredible journey of massive black holes as they pair and merge
  • 10.6. (RS) Leo Engelfried: S3 Tidal fragmentation as the origin of 1I/2017 U1 (`Oumuamua)
  • 17.6. (RS) Marco Vetter: S1 The fate of planetesimal discs in young open clusters: implications for 1I/’Oumuamua, the Kuiper belt, the Oort cloud and more
  • 24.6. (AJ,RS) Gaia Fabj: J1 A triple nucleus system in the advanced or final state of merging
  • 1.7. (AJ,RS) Katharina Meyer: S6 Merging black holes in young star clusters
  • 8.7. (AJ,RS) Younes Benslaoui: S4 Survivability of planetary systems in young and dense star clusters
  • 15.7. (AJ,RS) Anastasiya Kapinskaya: J6 A distance to the Large Magellanic Cloud that is precise to one per cent
  • 22.7. (AJ,RS) free so far
  • 29.7. free (MSc exam week)

(Responsible for contents: Andreas Just)
Contact: A. Just
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