About Me

I am a PhD student at the European Southern Observatory (ESO) in Garching, Germany.
I am trying to figure out how nuclear star clusters form.

Check out my ESO blog: Astronomer on tour - The story of a trip to Chile to observe with the APEX telescope

I did my Bachelor and Master in Physics at the University of Heidelberg before moving to Munich.

Publications

A list of my publications can be found at the ADS or check my ORCID page.


"Metal-poor nuclear star clusters in dwarf galaxies near Cen A"
K. Fahrion, O. Müller, M. Rejkuba, M. Hilker, M. Lyubenova, G. van de Ven, I. Georgiev, F. Lelli, M. S. Pawlowski, H. Jerjen
submitted to A&A

"Constraining nuclear star cluster formation using MUSE-AO observations of the early-type galaxy FCC47"
K. Fahrion, M. Lyubenova, G. van de Ven, R. Leaman, M. Hilker, I. Martin-Navarro, L. Zhu, M. Alfaro-Cuello, L. Coccato, E. M. Corsini, J. Falcon-Barroso, E. Iodice, R. M. McDermid, M. Sarzi, T. de Zeeuw
2019, A&A, 628, A92

"Single metal-poor ultra compact dwarf galaxy at one kiloparsec distance from the low-mass elliptical galaxy FCC47"
K. Fahrion, I. Georgiev, M. Hilker, M. Lyubenova, G. van de Ven, M. Alfaro-Cuello, E. M. Corsini, M. Sarzi, R. M. McDermid, T. de Zeeuw
2019, A&A, 625, A50

"Fornax3D project: Overall goals, galaxy sample, MUSE data analysis, and initial results"
M. Sarzi, E. Iodice, L. Coccato, E. M. Corsini, T. de Zeeuw, J. Falcón-Barroso, D. A. Gadotti, M. Lyubenova, R. M. McDermid, G. van de Ven, K. Fahrion, A. Pizzella, L. Zhu
2018, A&A, 616, A121

"Disentangling the ISM phases of the dwarf galaxy NGC 4214 using [C II] SOFIA/GREAT observations"
K. Fahrion, D. Cormier, F. Bigiel, S. Hony, N. P. Abel, P. Cigan, T. Csengeri, U. U. Graf, V. Lebouteiller, S. C. Madden, R. Wu, L. Young
2017, A&A, 599, A9


"Using MUSE-AO observations to constrain the formation of the large nuclear star cluster in FCC47 "
K. Fahrion, M. Lyubenova, G. van de Ven, M. Hilker
arXiv 1908.00774 , Proceedings of the IAU symposium 351

Curriculum Vitae

Education


09/2018 - present: PhD Student
European Southern Observatory, Garching, Germany

04/2016 - 07/2018: Master of Science in Physics
Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg, Germany
Thesis: "Globular Cluster Systems and the Connection to Nuclear Star Cluster Formation"

10/2012 - 04/2016: Bachelor of Science in Physics
Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg, Germany
Thesis: "Deciphering Star Formation at low Metallicity - New SOFIA Observations of the Dwarf Galaxy NGC4214"

Research Internships


09/2017 - 12/2017: ESO research internship
European Southern Observatory, Garching, Germany
Supervisor: M. Lyubenova

08/2015 - 10/2015: RISE Worldwide Project
McGill University, Montreal, Canada
"DHCAL Calibration Using Track Segments", Supervisor: F. Corriveau.

Talks


10/2019: "Unveiling the origin of kinematically decoupled components with Schwarzschild modelling"
Lecture at Vienna Dynamics Workshop, Institute for Astronomy, Vienna

08/2019: "Constraining the formation of the large nuclear star cluster of FCC47 with MUSE + AO"
Lunch talk, European Southern Observatory, Santiago de Chile

08/2019: "Constraining the formation of the large nuclear star cluster of FCC47 with MUSE + AO"
Lunch talk, Institute for Astrophysics, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, Santiago de Chile

05/2019: "Revealing the multi-spin nature of kinematically decoupled components with Schwarzschild orbit-based models"
Multi-Spin Galaxies Conference, Asiago, Italy

11/2018: "Globular cluster systems and the connection nuclear star cluster formation beyond the MW"
MW Streams Conference, MPIA Heidelberg, Germany

02/2017: "Globular cluster systems and the connection nuclear star cluster formation"
ESO Lunch talk, ESO Garching, Germany

Posters


05/2019: "Constraining nuclear star cluster formation using MUSE-AO observations of the early-type galaxy FCC47"
IAU Symposium 351/MODEST19, Bologna, Italy.

Skills


Languages:
German: native
English: fluent
French: beginner

Programming: experienced with python, beginner in IDL & C++
Data analysis: imfit, pPXF, iraf
Technical skills: LaTex, MS Office, Inkscape, Gimp
Basic data reduction with MUSE esoreflex pipeline + ZAP

Observational experience: with the Atacama Pathfinder EXperiment (APEX) submilimeter telescope (two week observing shift)

Teaching & Outreach


ESO blog: Astronomer on tour - The story of a trip to Chile to observe with the APEX telescope
09/2018 - present: Tour guide at ESO supernova
2017: Teaching assistent "Introduction into Astronomy and Astrophysics II", University Heidelberg
2016: Teaching assistent "Introduction into Astronomy and Astrophysics I", University Heidelberg
2014: Teaching assistent "Beginner's Lab Course in Physics", University Heidelberg

Courses and Training


November 2019: Cosmic structure formation, IMPRS advanced course
April 2019: Third ASTERICS-OBELICS International School, advanced software programming for astrophysics and astroparticle physics
April 2019: Communication Skills Training at European Southern Observatory
February 2019: Astrophysics of black holes, IMPRS advanced course
January 2019: High resolution astrophysics, IMPRS advanced course
November 2018: Training Session: Avoiding and challenging harassment at European Southern Observatory