Intro

Science is an adventure. I am lucky to be directly involved in this exploration 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.

Work

PSF Retreat 2008, Kloster Maulbronn

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 in­str­ument.

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 projects.

The scientific and technological return of my work is partially doc­u­men­ted through this list of publications.

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).

Work illustrated

La Silla 2010

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 Heidelberg summit, a truly beautiful ascent.

Last but not least, just for laughs, a blast from the past. Lost in space and time?
At least for the former it is worth taking a look at this atlas.