Research Topics of the PSF Department

Today several thousand exoplanets, planets around stars other than our Sun, are known. Interestingly, the masses and radii of the exoplanets discovered so far, revealed especially by the Kepler survey and ancillary observations, appear hugely diverse: from massive, scorching hot Jovian mass to rocky planets in sizes and radii similar to Earth. more

Our theoretical research is focused on magneto and radiation hydro dynamical models for the formation of stars and planets. more

Our understanding of some of the key astrophysical processes in the interstellar medium and circumstellar environments is based on the understanding of the physical and chemical processes that generate and modify dust grains and molecules under different conditions. more

The new generation of 8m-class telescopes and sensitive infrared instruments facilitates studies of the stellar populations in young, massive clusters down to substellar masses, despite their much larger distance than the typical low-mass star formation regions in out solar neighbourhood. more

Most of the initial gas mass in our Galaxy has been converted into stars. While massive stars and their final stages dominate the energy input into the interstellar medium, low-mass and solar-type constitute most of the total mass in our galaxy. It is generally accepted that stars form by gravitational collapse of dusty molecular cloud cores. more

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