Science is an adventure.
I am lucky to be directly involved in this
and search for knowledge.
An important aspect of science is to ask the right questions, or in other words:
to identify the problem first. Once this work is done, the next step is to develop
answers. In observational astronomy, answers are found through experiments
and observations on the sky.
In observational astronomical research, the scientist usually
has two possibilities to find answers to astro-physical questions. She writes observation
applications for instruments that already exist at telescopes
or she accepts the efforts and designs and builds a new observation
The process of building new optical instruments is usually
organised in a project. The aim of the project is to derive requirements
from the scientific questions, to translate them into specific designs
and ultimately to build the optical instrument from them. Designs as well
as instrument hardware and software are mainly developed within project
phases in the fields of optics, opto-mechanics, cryo-mechanics, electronics,
detectors, control software, data acquisition and data reduction.
This is my working environment, from working on a project to managing
The scientific and technological return of my work is partially
documented through this list of
I support teaching exercises for MPIA PhD students to supervise master
students at the University of Heidelberg. For that purpose, I have set-up an
optical experiment -
task/experiment number F36 - for
the advanced physics lab for physicists at the University of Heidelberg.
The experiment is located at the MPIA.
Together with Andrei Tokovinin, I am the author of the
online tutorial on adaptive optics (in German).
Excerpts from my professional life. Lecture at the
University of Heidelberg in December 2016:
Adaptive Optics at the VLT and ELT.
For illustration and pleasure here are some
pictures from my time at MPIA.
From time to time the way
to work offers a beautiful panorama.
Cool, the earth is a rocky planet, here are my proofs:
a famous mountain
in Argentina, a mountain
high light" in the German Allgäu, and for some Heidelberg people obligatory: the
a truly beautiful ascent.
Last but not least, just for laughs, a blast from the
Lost in space and time?
At least for the former it is worth taking a look at this
Ring Ring Ring +49 6221 528 265