PSO group hosts HJAC colloquium speaker Kate Maguire

From May 22 to 23, 2018, the PSO group hosted Dr Kate Maguire. Kate leads a research group at the Astrophysics Research Centre of Queen’s University Belfast (UK) that deals with explosive transients, cosmology, and supernova progenitors. She visited Heidelberg to give a talk on “Type Ia supernovae: From explosions to cosmology” in the Heidelberg Joint Astronomical…


Visitor: Stefan Taubenberger

From May 17 to 18, 2018, Dr Stefan Taubenberger from ESO Garching visited the PSO group to work on superluminous Type Ia supernovae. Stefan presented his recent work on yet another member of this puzzling sub-class of Type Ia supernovae and we discussed potential explosion scenarios to explain its observational properties.

Visitor: Jakob Nordin

From April  26 to 27, 2018, Dr Jakob Nordin from the Humboldt University Berlin visited us to collaborate on questions regarding the use of Type Ia supernovae as cosmological distance indicators. Jakob and the Cosmology group at HU Berlin are involved in several observational surveys that target Type Ia supernova like the Supernova Factory and…


Visitor: Stuart Sim

From April  9 to 13, 2018, Dr. Stuart Sim from the Astrophysics Research Centre at Queen’s University Belfast visited the PSO group to collaborate on questions regarding the thermonuclear explosions of white dwarfs. Stuart is an expert for radiative transfer techniques and a long-standing collaborator of the PSO group when it comes to the confrontation…


Talk by 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…