Hello and Welcome!
My name is Markus Feldt, I am a staff scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy in Heidelberg, Germany. I’ve started here as a postdoc in 1999 and stayed since.
During the first years I was the project scientist for the ALFA project, an experimental adaptive optics (AO) system on the 3.5m telescope on Calar Alto, Spain. Scientifically I was mostly concerned with the formation of massive stars. The interest in AO persisted, and I became more and more involved in instrumentation projects, primarily along the tracks of pyramid wavefront sensors and extreme adaptive optics. Today I am the German Co-I of the METIS project (see below).
More of my out-of-science activities you can find on my other web site, Natural Darkness and Rationality!
Diploma in Atomic Physics, 1994
Technical University of Berlin
PhD (Dr.) in Natural Sciences, 1999
Friedrich Schiller University of Jena
Mid-infrared E-ELT Imager and Spectrograph
Direct imager for exoplanets at the VLT in Chile *Spectroscopic and Polarimetric High-contrast Exoplanet REsearch*
Near Infrared Pyramid Wavefront Sensor for the Calar Alto 3.5m Telescope
Proposal for a direct imager for exoplanets at the ESO VLT in Chile
Adaptive Optics system for teh 2.5m telescope in calar Alto, Spain