Visitor: Asa Skuladottir

On March 9th, 2018, Dr. Asa Skuladottir from the Max-Planck-Institute for Astronomy is visiting the PSO group and will give a talk on “Zinc in the Sculptor Dwarf Spheroidal Galaxy” at 11am in the Konrad-Zuse seminar room.

Visitor: Benoit Coté

From February  12 to February 23, 2018, Dr. Benoit Coté from from the Konkoly Observatory of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences visited the PSO group to collaborate on questions regarding the Galactic chemical evolution. Benoit is one of the key developers of the NuGrid Python Chemical Evolution Environment (NuPyCEE), a computer tool that allows to simulate the chemical enrichment…


Welcome Jakub!

We welcome Jakub Fišák as a guest student in the PSO group. Jakub is a PhD student at Masaryk  University (Brno, Czech Republic) and works on radiative transfer in stellar winds of hot stars. Jakub obtained an ERASMUS+ fellowship to spend two months as a guest student at HITS. During his visit, he will collaborate…


PSO group hosts HJAC colloquium speaker Frans Pretorius

On January 30, 2018, the PSO group hosted Professor Frans Pretorius from Princeton University.  Frans works on general relativity with a special focus of numerical solutions of Einstein’s field equations, e.g. in binary compact object mergers, which are also one of the research topics in the PSO group. Frans visited Heidelberg to give a talk at the Heidelberg…


PSO group hosts HJAC colloquium speaker Maria Lugaro

On January 9, 2018, the PSO group hosted Dr. Maria Lugaro from the Konkoly Observatory of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.  Maria leads a research group that tries to understand how nuclear reactions inside stars produce the chemical elements that make up the world around us, and all the other stars and planetary systems in the Universe.…


Visitor: Bernhard Müller

From December 18 to 19, 2017, Dr. Bernhard Müller from Monash University (AU) visited the PSO group to discuss open questions in the evolution of massive stars and their explosions as core-collapse supernovae.

PSO group hosts HJAC colloquium speaker Ariel Goobar

From December 12 to 13, 2017, the PSO group hosted Prof. Ariel Goobar from Stockholm University. Ariel is well known for his work on observational cosmology with Type Ia supernovae for which he received several prestigious prizes, including the Gruber Prize in Cosmology 2007 and the Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics in 2014. Ariel visited…


Neutron Stars on the Brink of Collapse

Neutron stars are the densest objects in the Universe; however, their exact characteristics remain unknown. Using simulations based on recent observations, a team of scientists including HITS researcher Dr. Andreas Bauswein has managed to narrow down the size of these stars. When a very massive star dies, its core contracts. In a supernova explosion, the…


Tracking down the origins of gold

The European Research Council has awarded HITS astrophysicist Andreas Bauswein an ERC Starting Grant worth approximately 1.5 million euros. Using computer simulations, the aim of the project is to better understand the collisions between neutron stars. These are seen as potential candidates for the formation of heavy elements such as gold, silver and uranium.