University of Heidelberg

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

Lecturers: Andreas Just, Rainer Spurzem

Summer term 2022 (2 SWS)
Wednesday 14:00 - 15:30, ARI seminarroom (1st floor)

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

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.

  • 20.4. (AJ,RS) Planning Session
  • 27.4. (AJ,RS) Optional Meeting Question/Answer
  • 4.5. (AJ,RS) --
  • 11.5. (AJ,RS) Mathis Eck: T2. The pattern speed of the Milky Way bar from transverse velocities
  • 18.5. (AJ,RS) Sebastian Bok: T3. Mapping the tilt of the Milky Way bulge velocity ellipsoids with ARGOS and Gaia DR2
  • 25.5. (AJ,RS) Noa Hoffmann: T7. Probing modified Newtonian dynamics with hypervelocity stars
  • 1.6. (AJ,RS) Alice Vendrame: T15. Giant planet scatterings and collisions: hydrodynamics, merger-ejection branching ratio, and properties of the remnants
  • 8.6. (RS) --
  • 15.6. (RS Zoom) Mar Canal I Saguer: T13. Inside-Out Planet Formation: VI. Oligarchic Coagulation of Planetesimals from a Pebble Ring?
  • 22.6. (AJ,RS) Shrriya Kapoor: T8. Forward and back: kinematics of the Palomar 5 tidal tails
  • 29.6. (RS Zoom) Nora Bachmann: T16. A Collision Mechanism for the Removal of Earth's Trojan Asteroids
  • 6.7. (AJ,RS) Milan Staffehl: T6. Spiral density-wave structure and kinematic footprint of the Milky Way spiral arms in Gaia EDR3
  • 13.7. (AJ,RS) Jonathan Konrad: T5. Extended stellar systems in the solar neighborhood V. Discovery of coronae of nearby star clusters
  • 20.7. (AJ,RS) --
  • 27.7. free (MSc exam week)

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