Dr. Markus Kromer has taken up his new position as Gliese Fellow 2016 at the Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics (ITA) of the ZAH and at the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS).
Markus Kromer studied Physics at the University of Tübingen and received his PhD from the Technical University of Munich in 2009. In the following years, he worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics in Garching. In 2011, he was awarded the Otto Hahn Medal by the Max Planck Society, recognizing outstanding scientific achievements during his PhD. In 2013, Markus obtained an Oskar Klein Fellowship from Stockholm University and joined their Department of Astronomy.
Markus' research revolves around the application and further development of computational radiative transfer methods to link astronomical observations and theoretical astrophysical models. He has developed a massively-parallel computer program to simulate the observable display of the powerful explosions in which stars end their lives. These so called supernova explosions can outshine a whole galaxy with a billion of stars for a short period of time.
At the ZAH Markus will lead research projects to investigate the nature of Type Ia supernovae – an observational subclass of supernovae which are important beacons to measure distances in the Universe. In close collaboration with scientists from the PSO group at the HITS, Markus will use theoretical explosion models to shed light on the progenitors and physical mechanisms of these luminous explosions.
Dr. Markus Kromer