Prof. Dr. Hubert Klahr

Head of the Theory Group in the PSF Department of the Max-Planck Institute for Astronomy & apl. Professor at the University of Heidelberg

Research Themes:


COMPUTATIONAL PHYSICS APPLIED TO THE FORMATION OF THE SOLAR SYSTEM AND EXOPLANETS


My interest in research is focused on the formation of stars and planets. The main tools in such investigations are multidimensional self-gravitating magneto hydro dynamical simulations of turbulent gas and embedded particles on massive parallel computers. Questions we seek to answer are:

  • How did our solar system form and the earth come to life?

  • How did the most massive and the smallest stars form?

  • What is the nature and role of turbulence in the formation on planets?

  • What is the initial mass function of planets?

  • At what distance to the star and with what masses are they typically born?

  • How many stars do harbour earth sized planets at a distance to allow for the evolution of life?