Contact

Henning, Thomas K.
Thomas K. Henning
Director
Phone: (+49|0) 6221 528-200
Sandra Berner
Assistant to Prof. Th. Henning
Phone: (+49|0) 6221 528-201

 

Thomas K. Henning

Director - Planet and Star Formation Department
Life at 4,320 meters altitude&mdash;El Tatio geyser field in the <span>northern Chilean&nbsp;</span>Andes. Zoom Image
Life at 4,320 meters altitude—El Tatio geyser field in the northern Chilean Andes.

Thomas Henning has been always interested in fundamental physical and chemical processes. As a school student he established his own chemical laboratory and later became interested in non-linear dynamics. Today Henning is working on understanding how stars and planets form. He is hunting for exoplanets with a variety of methods from radial velocity searches to transit observations and direct imaging. Henning is combining infrared observations at high spatial resolution with large-scale numerical simulations and dedicated laboratory experiments. He is leading the MPIA Planet and Star Formation Department and is a Professor at the University of Heidelberg and Jena. Henning established the Heidelberg Origins of Life Initiative (HIFOL) and is a Co-I of major instrumentation projects such as MIRI for the James Webb Space Telescope.

 

Research Interests

Early stages of
star formation

Massive star
formation

Protoplanetary disks
and planet formation

Exoplanets and
brown dwarfs

Physics and chemistry of
the interstellar medium

Laboratory
astrophysics

 

Selected Projects

I am a Co-I of the SPHERE planet finder instru­ment for the VLT and a Co-PI of the mid-infrared instruments MIRI for the James Webb Space Telescope and the MATISSE instru­ment for the VLTI. In addition, I am a member of the science teams of the VLTI GRAVITY instrument and the E-ELT METIS instrument.

Large Science Programs

I am a Co-I of the SPHERE planet finder instru­ment for the VLT and a Co-PI of the mid-infrared instruments MIRI for the James Webb Space Telescope and the MATISSE instru­ment for the VLTI. In addition, I am a member of the science teams of the VLTI GRAVITY instrument and the E-ELT METIS instrument.
<span>The Heidelberg Initiative for the&nbsp;Origins of Life&nbsp;brings together researchers from astrophysics, geosciences, macromolecular chemistry, statistical physics and life sciences from the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy, the Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics and the University of Heidelberg in order to further our understanding of the origins of life in the universe.</span>

Heidelberg Initiative for the Origins of Life

The Heidelberg Initiative for the Origins of Life brings together researchers from astrophysics, geosciences, macromolecular chemistry, statistical physics and life sciences from the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy, the Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics and the University of Heidelberg in order to further our understanding of the origins of life in the universe.

 
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