My research centers on the formation and evolution of galaxies.
The main focus is on the kinematics, structure, stellar populations,
interstellar medium, star formation and AGN activity, and feedback
processes of galaxies at redshift z ~ 1 – 3.
These studies involve detailed spatially- and spectrally-resolved
data of individual galaxies, as well as global population properties
of larger statistical samples, based on observations in the infrared,
optical, and millimeter regimes obtained notably with state-of-the-art
instruments at ground- and space-based facilities. These include in
particular the single integral field unit (IFU) spectrometer
and adaptive optics (AO) as well as the multi-IFU
at the ESO
the WFC3 and ACS cameras onboard
LUCI1/2 imaging/multi-slit spectroscopic
instruments together with the
ARGOS ground-layer AO system at the
PACS instrument onboard the
and the IRAM
These research projects are carried out within the IR/Submm Group
of the MPE together with a core team of ~ 15 scientists and students,
and in collaborations with several external research groups and
consortia. This research has been supported by the
Minerva program of the Max-Planck-Society (2008-2012),
and by the
Priority Program SPP1177 of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (2005-2008).
Among other related activities, I have contributed to data reduction, analysis, and modeling software, and to science cases and requirements for the development of instrumentation including VLT/KMOS, LBT/ARGOS, the upcoming combined near-IR IFU and imager ERIS at the VLT, and the first-light imager and spectrograph MICADO for the 40-m class European ELT.
These and several other instruments were/are developed under the leadership or with contributions by the MPE IR/Submm Group (see here for an overview).
Information on my current and past research activities can be found via the following links.
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