I am an astrophysicist at the Hamburg observatory
(University of Hamburg
) and just finished my PhD thesis (the defense is scheduled for early February '19).
The cumulative thesis titled "Detection methods for Planets with a large Semi-major Axis in the Solar System and beyond"
comprises of four first-author publications and covers instrumentational, observational and theoretical work on the detection of circumbinary planets, as well as a novel detection method for planets on wide orbits within our own Solar System (i.e. Planet Nine
My observational work is based on data obtained with both space- and ground-based facilities ranging from the X-ray to the infrared regime.
Besides searching for planets and taming our TIGRE
, I am also involved in public outreach, giving tours of our historic observatory and dealing with the press.
- Circumbinary planets
- Stellar activity in photospheric, chromospheric and coronal indicators
- The search for Planet Nine in large archival data sets
- Instrumentation for metre-class telescopes (such as TIGRE)
- Radius inflation in M dwarfs
- Activity of K giant exoplanet host stars