Reimar Lüst Fellowship for Christoph Mordasini
Christoph Mordasini is Reimar Lüst Fellow 2013 of the Max Planck Society. The junior scientist, who works at the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy (MPIA) in Heidelberg, will use the two-year fellowship to continue his research on the statistical properties of planets around other stars (exoplanets).
Mordasini, a member of the group of Hubert Klahr (Planet and Star Formation department), is a world-leading expert on simulations of exoplanet properties. Based on current models of planet formation, these simulations tell us how many planets with different properties – from giant gas planets with different masses down to rocky planet like our Earth – planet hunters should expect to find. This so-called "population synthesis" creates a crucial link between research on planet formation and the discoveries of hundreds of exoplanets that were made over the last decade.
Mordasini will be awarded the fellowship at the upcoming general assembly of the Max Planck Society on June 6, 2013 in Potsdam.
Reimar Lüst Fellowship
The Reimar Lüst Fellowship is financed by a foundation that was created in 1983 on the occasion of the 60th birthday of Reimar Lüst, a former president of the Max Planck Society. The foundation's endowment consists of donations from German companies. The foundation fosters junior scientists via the two-year Reimar Lüst Fellowship, which is awarded annually.