University of Heidelberg

Star-Formation Group

We work on different aspects of star formation in the Galaxy as well as in the early universe. We study interstellar turbulence and formation and evolution of molecular clouds. In addition, we are interested in understanding the origin of cosmic magnetic fields by studying dynamo processes. We are also investigate in the dynamical evolution of the Milky Way and other galaxies. As our work relies heavily on computer simulations, we also work on developing and improving numerical methods for astrophysics.

(Group picture July 2015, click on image to enlarge)

Group Members

Head: Ralf S. Klessen
Scientific Staff: Simon C. O. Glover
Emmy Noether Group Leader: Frank Bigiel
Administration ERC Grant: Besma Klinger-Araifa
Postdocs: Diane Cormier    (Emmy Noether Group)
Dimitrios Gouliermis   
Lionel Haemmerle   
Sacha Hony   
Jan-Pieter Paardekooper
Eric Pellegrini
Stefan Reißl
Rahul Shetty
Daniel Whalen
PhD Students: Erik Bertram
Carla Bernhardt
Juan Ibanez Mejia   (also AMNH, New York)
Maria Jesus Jimenez Donaire   (EN Group)
Daniel Rahner
Anna T. P. Schauer
Katharina M. J. Wollenberg
Students: Robin Gopala Treb
Mattis Magg
Sabbatical Guests: Mordecai-Mark Mac Low
Ralph E. Pudritz

Current Research Highlights:

FERVENT: Modeling chemistry-coupled, ionizing and non-ionizing radiative feedback in magnetohydrodynamical simulations

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Former Group Members

Dr. Richard Allison
Dr. Christian Baczynski
Clio Bertelli Motta
Andre Bubel
Roxana-Adela Chira
Senior Lecturer Dr. Paul C. Clark
Dr. Philipp Girichidis
Martin Schrön
Dr. Thomas Peters
Prof. Dr. Robi Banerjee
Dr. Ingo Berentzen
Dr. Gustavo Dopcke
Jayanta Dutta
Dr. Christoph Federrath
Julien Fieger
Dr. Volker Gaibler
Dr. Thomas Greif
Tilman Hartwig
Susanne Horn
Philipp Hottinger
Dr. Anna-Katharina Jappsen
Dr. Viki Joergens
Dr. Lukas Konstandin
Dr. Spyridon Kitsionas
Hendrik Lönngren
Sebastian Lorek
Florian Mandl
Dr. Faviola Molina
Dr. Milica Micic
Camilo Penaloza
Dr. Mei Sasaki
Prof. Dr. Dominik Schleicher
Dr. Stefan Schmeja
Dr. Daniel Seifried
Dr. Jennifer Schober
Dr. Sharanya Sur
Dr. Laszlo Szűcs
Dr. Hsiang-Hsu Wang
Dr. Svitlana Zhukovska


star formation, interstellar turbulence, molecular cloud dynamics, galactic dynamics, first stars, numerical methods


current and past lectures and seminars


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