University of Heidelberg

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

Lecturers: Andreas Just, Rainer Spurzem

Summer term 2021 (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.

  • 14.4. (AJ,RS) Planning Session
  • 21.4. (AJ,RS) Optional Meeting Question/Answer
  • 28.4. (AJ,RS) --
  • 5.5. (AJ,RS) Vincent Bronner: S5. Mergers of equal-mass binaries with compact object companions from mass transfer in triple star systems
  • 12.5. (AJ,RS) Kristian Vitovsky: S11. Short-term stability of particles in the WD J0914+1914 white dwarf planetary system
  • 19.5. (AJ,RS) Moritz Sturm: S3. Kinematical evolution of multiple stellar populations in star clusters
  • 26.5. (AJ,RS) Leonard Benkendorff: S10. Predicting the long-term stability of compact multiplanet systems
  • 2.6. (AJ,RS) Sören Krüger: J7. The mass of the Milky Way out to 100 kpc using halo stars
  • 9.6. (AJ,RS) Heinrich Mathis Kunold: J11. Resolving the Complex Evolution of a Supermassive Black Hole Triplet in a Cosmological Simulation
  • 16.6. (AJ) Aaron Maas: S7. Hot Jupiter and Ultra-cold Saturn Formation in Dense Star Clusters & Daniel Galperin: J10. Self-interacting dark matter and the delay of supermassive black hole growth
  • 23.6. (RS) Jan Beckmann: S9. Matching Globular Cluster Models to Observations
  • 30.6. (AJ,RS) Christian Heppe: J8. 3D kinematics and age distribution of the open cluster population & David Graham: S12. The Origin of Systems of Tightly Packed Inner Planets with Misaligned, Ultra-short-period Companions
  • 7.7. (AJ,RS) Thomas Winterhalder: S13. Oort cloud Ecology. I. Extra-solar Oort clouds and the origin of asteroidal interlopers & Tina Neumann: S1. Properties and Astrophysical Implications of the 150 Msun Binary Black Hole Merger GW190521
  • 14.7. (AJ,RS) Jing Zhu: J3. Hic sunt dracones: Cartography of the Milky Way spiral arms and bar resonances with Gaia Data Release 2
  • 21.7. free (MSc exam week)

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