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2020 Nobel Prize in Physics awarded to Roger Penrose, Reinhard Genzel and Andrea Ghez

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has decided to award the 2020 Nobel Prize in Physics to ROGER PENROSE “for the discovery that black hole formation is a robust prediction of the general theory of relativity”. REINHARD GENZEL and ANDREA GHEZ “for the discovery of a supermassive compact object at the centre of our galaxy”

The ZAH congratulates the laureates of the Nobel Prize in Physics!

Covid-19 related situation at ZAH

Operations at ZAH premises are currently restricted. Buildings are closed for the public. Please contact individuals via Phone or Email listed HERE or get in contact with our Central Institute Management. For university related news see HERE. (2020/10/06)

Prof. Hekker is leader of the new research group “Theory and Observations of Stars” at HITS and new member of the ZAH directorate. She is expert on studying the internal structure of stars by methods of asteroseismology. (2020/09/01)

A new Emmy Noether Research Group at ZAH/ARI has started working on understanding how galaxies form and evolve and is led by Dr Dominika Wylezalek. The German Research Foundation (DFG) has allocated 1.6 mill. Euros over six years. (2020/09/01)

The new simulation code developed by Eric Pellegrini (ZAH/ITA) and colleagues self-consistently predicts the emission received from gas and molecular clouds engulfing star clusters. (2020/07/30)

Dr Anastasia Fialkov from the Institute of Astronomy in Cambridge (UK) receives a guest professorship as part of the Excellence Strategy of Heidelberg University. Dr Fialkov is an expert in 21cm cosmology and reionisation. (2020/07/24)

Interconnected Gas Flows Show how Star-Forming Gas Accumulates in Galaxies. (2020/07/06)

A team of researchers led by high-energy astrophysicist Felix Spanier (ZAH/ITA) receives 35 million hours of CPU computing time on SuperMUC-NG to improve neutrino mass measurements at KATRIN. (2020/06/20)

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Astro & Physics talks

Heidelberg Physics Seminar and Talks Organizer (HePhysTo)

Colloquia at ZAH
Nov 05
A Light in the Dark - Massive Star Birth Through Cosmic Time
Jonathan Tan (Chalmers Uni & University of Virginia)
ARI Institute Kolloquium
ARI, Moenchhofstrasse 12-14, Seminarraum 1, 1.OG
Nov 06
Maryam Modjaz (NYU)
Königstuhl Kolloquium
Max-Planck-Institut für Astronomie, Level 3 Lecture Hall (301)
Nov 06
Maryam Modjaz (NYU)
Königstuhl Kolloquium
Via zoom link. Please contact organisers if you need the zoom information.,

Recent publications
Kovaleva, Dana A.; Ishchenko, Marina et al. (inc. Just, Andreas; Sysoliatina, Kseniia; Reffert, Sabine; Berczik, Peter)
Collinder 135 and UBC 7: A physical pair of open clusters
A&A 642, L4(2020)

Sun, Jiayi; Leroy, Adam K. et al. (inc. Kreckel, Kathryn; Klessen, Ralf S.; Kim, Jenny J.; Glover, Simon C. O.; Chevance, Mélanie; Kruijssen, J. M. Diederik)
Molecular Gas Properties on Cloud Scales across the Local Star-forming Galaxy Population
ApJ 901, L8(2020)

Sormani, Mattia C.; Magorrian, John et al. (inc. Klessen, Ralf S.)
Jeans modelling of the Milky Way's nuclear stellar disc
MNRAS 499, 7(2020)