University of Heidelberg

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

Lecturers: Andreas Just, Rainer Spurzem and Francesco Flammini Dotti

Winter term 2022/23 (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.

  • 19.10. (AJ,RS,FFD) Planning Session
  • 26.10. (AJ,RS,FFD) Optional Meeting Question/Answer via Zoom
  • 2.11. (AJ,RS,FFD) --
  • 9.11. (AJ,RS,FFD) --
  • 16.11. (AJ,RS,FFD) H. Guo: F1. The 10 parsec sample in the Gaia era
  • 23.11. (AJ,RS,FFD) V. Aberham: J3. Measuring the Milky Way mass distribution in the presence of the LMC
  • 30.11. (AJ,RS) S. De Sarkar: J4. The velocity distribution of white dwarfs in Gaia EDR3
  • 7.12. (AJ,RS,FFD) T. Leibbrandt: J1. 3D hydrodynamic simulations for the formation of the Local Group satellite planes (with MOND)
        & D. Wanner: S4. Migrating Planets into Ultra-short-period Orbits during Episodic Accretion Events
  • 14.12. (AJ,RS,FFD) S. Joharle: J2. A time-resolved picture of our Milky Way’s early formation history
        & V. Oettinger: F5. Production of hot Jupiter candidates from high-eccentricity mechanism for different initial planetary mass configurations
  • 21.12. (RS,FFD) J. Bahrenberg: S5. Close Stellar Flybys Common in Low-mass Clusters
        & S. Popa: J7.The Dawn of Disk Formation in a Milky Way-sized Galaxy Halo: Thin Stellar Disks at z>4
  • 11.1. (AJ,RS,FFD) T. Harder: S2a. Improved gravitational radiation time-scales II: spin-orbit contributions and environmental perturbations
        & B. Rajpoot: F2. Membership of stars in open clusters using random forest with Gaia data
  • 18.1. (AJ,RS,FFD) B. Beckmann: S8. Global instability by runaway collisions in nuclear stellar clusters: Numerical tests of a route for massive black hole formation
  • 25.1. (AJ,RS,FFD) L. Tschesche: J6. Our Galaxy's youngest disc
  • 1.2. (AJ,RS,FFD) N. Kurup: S2b. Compact object mergers in hierarchical triples from low-mass young star clusters
  • 8.2. (AJ,RS,FFD) --
  • 15.2. free (MSc exam week)

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