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. We are also interested in the dynamical evolution of the Milky Way and its satellite galaxies. As our work relies heavily on computer simulations, we also work on developing and improving numerical methods for astrophysics.

Group Members

Head: Ralf Klessen
Scientific Staff: Simon Glover
Emmy Noether Group Leader: Frank Bigiel
Postdocs: Paul C. Clark
Diane Cormier   
Volker Gaibler    (also in planet formation group)
Dimitrios Gouliermis   
Viki Joergens    (at MPIA)
Rahul Shetty
Rowan J. Smith
Svitlana Zhukovska    (at MPIA)
PhD Students: Erik Bertram
Christian Baczynski
Juan Ibanez (mostly at AMNH, New York)
Lukas Konstandin
Mei Sasaki
Jennifer Schober
Laszlo Szűcs    (also in planet formation group)
Students: Clio Bertelli
Tilman Hartwig
Camilo Penaloza

Current Research Highlights:
The molecular gas reservoir of 6 low-metallicity galaxies from the Herschel Dwarf Galaxy Survey:
A ground-based follow-up survey of CO(1-0), CO(2-1), and CO(3-2)

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Former Group Members

Roxana-Adela Chira
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. Thomas Greif
Susanne Horn
Dr. Anna-Katharina Jappsen
Dr. Spyridon Kitsionas
Hendrik Lönngren
Sebastian Lorek
Florian Mandl
Dr. Faviola Molina
Dr. Milica Micic
Prof. Dr. Dominik Schleicher
Dr. Stefan Schmeja
Dr. Daniel Seifried
Dr. Sharanya Sur
Dr. Hsiang-Hsu Wang


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


current and past lectures and seminars

Our GPU-Cluster



Responsible: Rahul Shetty, last modification Thursday, 06-Feb-2014 16:14:38 CET
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