After graduating at the University of Stuttgart, I joined MPIA, where I recently finished my PhD project on “Compact elliptical galaxies”, under the supervision of Dr. Remco van den Bosch and Dr. Glenn van de Ven.
My research encompasses the investigation of elliptical galaxies, by means of orbit-based dynamical models. For this purpose, I acquire deep photometric and spectroscopic observations, with both ground- and space-based telescopes. I aim to understand the formation and evolution of elliptical galaxies, the structure and content of their luminous and dark matter distribution as well as the link between their stellar mass, dark mass and their central supermassive black hole.
During my master thesis, I carried out extensive numerical calculations of atomic bound-bound transitions, in strong magnetic fields. These synthesised spectra, in turn, are necessary for the modelling of neutron star atmospheres, where the elemental composition is unknown and where the gravitational collapse and the conservation of the magnetic flux yields strong magnetic fields which prevent closed analytical solutions.
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