Visitor: Dr. Robert Izzard

15. January 2019

For a perfect start into 2019, the PSO group had Dr. Rob Izzard visiting from the University of Surrey, UK. Dr. Izzard spent the whole week from 7th to 11th January at HITS to discuss current topics in binary star evolution in particular with respect to common-envelope evolution that is studied in depth by the PSO group. A seminar delivered by Dr. Izzard about the formation of circumbinary disks after a common-envelope phase delivered great insights and lead to fruitful discussions and new impulses for future collaboration. Could there even be exoplanets forming in such disks?

About HITS

HITS, the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies, was established in 2010 by physicist and SAP co-founder Klaus Tschira (1940-2015) and the Klaus Tschira Foundation as a private, non-profit research institute. HITS conducts basic research in the natural, mathematical, and computer sciences. Major research directions include complex simulations across scales, making sense of data, and enabling science via computational research. Application areas range from molecular biology to astrophysics. An essential characteristic of the Institute is interdisciplinarity, implemented in numerous cross-group and cross-disciplinary projects. The base funding of HITS is provided by the Klaus Tschira Foundation.

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