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?
The Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS) was established in 2010 by the 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 sciences, mathematics and computer science, with a focus on the processing, structuring, and analyzing of large amounts of complex data and the development of computational methods and software. The research fields range from molecular biology to astrophysics. The shareholders of HITS are the HITS-Stiftung, which is a subsidiary of the Klaus Tschira Foundation, Heidelberg University and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). HITS also cooperates with other universities and research institutes and with industrial partners. The base funding of HITS is provided by the HITS Stiftung with funds received from the Klaus Tschira Foundation. The primary external funding agencies are the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), the German Research Foundation (DFG), and the European Union.