Frank Eisenhauer

 

            Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics (MPE)

            Giessenbachstr., 85748 Garching, Germany, +49 89 300003563

 

Kohlroeschenstr. 53, 80995 Munich, Germany

 

9 June 1968 in Augsburg

married, three children

 

Professional Accomplishments

 

Leading the development and science exploration of large astronomical instruments and experiments, two of them are part of the instrument suite employed in the discovery and characterization of the Galactic Center Black Hole, for which Prof. Dr. Reinhard Genzel and Prof. Dr. Andrea Ghez have been awarded the 2020 Nobel Prize in Physics

 

            Principal Investigator of GRAVITYPlus to upgrade the ESO                       since 2020
            VLT Interferometer with wide-field fringe tracking and laser guide star
            adaptive optics to open up the extragalactic sky for milli-arcsec resolution
            imaging and to precisely measure exoplanet spectra and orbits

 

Leading or co-leading discoveries with the GRAVITY instrument,              since 2017

including the detection of the gravitational redshift in the orbit of a star

around the Galactic Center black hole and the orbital motion of

matter close to the last stable orbit around this black hole

 

Principal Investigator of GRAVITY – the infrared interferometer for           since 2005

exploring physics close to the Galactic Center black hole. GRAVITY

is a multi-national project led by MPE with more than a hundred

scientists and engineers from all over Europe contributing to its

development.

             

Principal Investigator of SPIFFI/SINFONI – the world’s first                       since 2003

adaptive optics integral field spectrometer on a 10m class telescope.

The instrument was key to measure the mass and distance of the

Galactic Center black hole, thereby demonstrating its extreme nature

 

Major contributions to other MPE near infrared and high angular resolution instruments for ground and space based observatories, e.g. the European Southern Observatory, Large Binocular Telescope and European Space Agency

 

Awards and Honors

 

Tycho Brahe Medal for the leadership of the SINFONI and                            2021

GRAVITY instruments on the ESO VLT, which revolutionized

the study of exoplanets, supermassive black holes, and

star forming galaxies in the Early Universe

 

Prize "La Recherche" (France) awarded to the GRAVITY Team                    2019

for the research on the central supermassive black hole and

the tests of general relativity in its vicinity

 

 

Teaching

 

Adjunct Teaching Professor (Privatdozent) at Technical University               since 2011

of Munich (regular lectures on “Introduction to Astrophysics” and

“High Angular Resolution Astronomy”, supervision of bachelor

and master theses)

 

Supervisor at the International Max Planck Research School on         

Astrophysics (supervision of PhD theses)

 

Participation in European Research Council and National Excellence Initiative Funded Programs

 

Member of the ERC Synergy Grant “Black Hole Cam”                                  since 2014

 

Member of the MPG, TUM and LMU “Universe Excellence Cluster”           since 2007

 

Employment

 

Senior Staff Scientist at the Max Planck Institute                                            since 2003

for Extraterrestrial Physics (MPE)

 

Postdoc / Research Associate at MPE                                                              1998 – 2003 

 

PhD Student at MPE                                                                                        1995 – 1998

 

Education  

 

Technical University of Munich, Habilitation in Experimental Physics           2011

 “The Galactic Center at High Angular Resolution –

Techniques and Observations”

 

            Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, Doctorate in Physics                      1998

           „Bau einer Nahinfrarot-Kamera fuer adaptive Optik und

 Beobachtungen der Sternentstehungsregion NGC 3603“

 

Technical University of Munich, Diploma in Physics                                       1995

           

            Justus-von-Liebig Gymnasium Neusaess,                                                         1987

            General Qualification for University Entrance

 

Military Service

 

             Gebirgsfernmeldebatallion 8 in Murnau                                                          1987 – 1988

                                                                       

Bibliography

 

377 scientific publications with more than 16.814 citations (h-index of 66), in particular 44 publications with more than 100 citations each, and more than a dozen of them as first or co-leading author, for example

 

            Gravity Collaboration et al. 2020: "Detection of the Schwarzschild precession in the orbit of the star S2 near the Galactic centre massive black hole", Astronomy and Astrophysics, 636, L5 (77 citations)


            Gravity Collaboration et al. 2018: "Detection of the gravitational redshift in the orbit of the star S2 near the Galactic centre massive black hole", Astronomy and Astrophysics, 615, L15 (339 citations)
 

            Eisenhauer, F., Genzel, R., et al. 2005: "SINFONI in the Galactic Center: Young Stars and Infrared Flares in the Central Light-Month", ApJ, 628, 246 (554 citations)
 

            Genzel, R., Eisenhauer, F., & Gillessen, S. 2010: "The Galactic Center massive black hole and nuclear star cluster", Reviews of Modern Physics, 82, 3121 (683 citations)
 

            Gillessen, S., Eisenhauer, F., et al. 2009: "Monitoring Stellar Orbits Around the Massive Black Hole in the Galactic Center", ApJ, 692, 1075 (1129 citations)

           

Press Releases and Press Conferences

 

More than a dozen press releases, for example

 

            Star dancing around supermassive black hole confirms Einstein                            2020

 

            First Detailed Observations of Material Orbiting close to a Black Hole                 2018

 

            First Successful Test of Einstein’s General Relativity Near Supermassive             2018

            Black Hole” (key speaker at press conference)

 

Invited Talks and Colloquia

 

Numerous invited talks and colloquia, for example

 

            A New Era of Interferometry with GRAVITY", SPIE Astronomical                      2020

            Telescopes + Instrumentation Plenary Talk, Los Angles, USA

 

            The Galactic Center Black Hole with GRAVITY: Orbital Motion Close                2019
            to the Last Stable Orbit during a Flare, and General Relativistic Effects

            in the Orbit of Stars, Harvard and Smithsonian CfA Colloquium, USA
           

            The S2 peri-passage - general relativistic effects in stellar orbits around the          2018
            Galactic Center black hole”, Munich Joint Astronomical Colloquium, Germany

 


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