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Research on diffuse gaseous matter in the Universe
I am leading the extragalactic research group at the University of Potsdam.
In our group, we using the method of absorption spectroscopy
UV and in the optical regime to study the amount and distribution of hydrogen
and metal ions inside and outside of galaxies at all redshifts.
We are complementing the absortion-line measurements with emission
observations in the radio, X-ray and optical regime. We are also using
state-of-the ast numerical hydrodynamical simulations that we are comparing
with the results from the observations.
Teaching in Physics and Astrophysics
As a professor, teaching represents an important aspect of my work. I am
teaching many different courses in Astrophysics (e.g., fundamental astrophysics,
comology, galaxy evolution, interstellare medium) as part of the
physics/astrophysics bachelor/master programs at our institute. I
supervise the various astrophysics lab courses and seminars. I also
teach experimental physics for geo-science students. Moreover, I examine
students in physics/astrophysics at all levels.
Since my appointment as professor in
2007 I have worked intensively in shaping the University's leading role in
astrophysical research and education in the Berlin/Brandenburg area. For many
years, I served as director/deputy director of out department. I have lead
a larger number of committees to appoint professors in astrophysics at our
department. I have developed and installed the master program astrophysics,
one of the few international study programs of our University. Among the
many duties I have I am currently acting as:
- DFG liason officer of the University of Potsdam
- Head of master program astrophysics
- Head of the Research Initiative Astrophysics
- Institute's representative in the PhD panel of our faculty