From 11th to 15th March 2019, Prof. Dr Philipp Podsiadlowski (third from right) and Dr Ryosuke Hirai (first from left) from the University of Oxford visited the PSO group. Ryo gave a talk on the interaction of supernova ejecta with a former companion star and Philipp discussed current topics relating to massive stars, supernovae and the compact objects they leave behind. During the whole week, we had extremely fruitful discussions on various topics such as common-envelope evolution, convection in stars and supernovae. We look forward to having Ryo and Philipp visit again!
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.