Topics covered in this research area

  • Stellar evolution, especially the late stages, for example:
    • Mass loss
    • Planetary nebulae
    • Supernovae
  • Stellar surface abundances
  • Stellar surface structures
  • Stellar pulsations
  • Stellar magnetic fields and magnetic activity
  • Low mass stars
  • Black holes and neutron stars

These research topics are covered using observations from X-rays to Infrared, and with many different techniques, e.g., high resolution optical/IR spectroscopy, optical interferometry and polarimetry.

People working on this research area also meet regularly in so-called "stellar coffee".

Thesis topics offered on Stellar Structure and Evolution

Scientific Staff in Garching working on Stellar Structure and Evolution

Gilmozzi, Roberto

  • Novae Supernovae
  • UV astronomy
  • Future Telescopes

Beccari, Giacomo

  • Pre-main Sequence Stars in massive star-burst Clusters
  • Stellar Population in Clusters
  • Stellar dynamics in Globular Clusters
  • Exotica in Globular Clusters (BSS, MSP, IMBH)
  • Resolved stellar populations in dSph


Humphreys, Liz

  • Central Parsecs of AGN
  • High-Mass Star Formation
  • Evolved Star Mass Loss
  • Millimetre and Submillimetre Astronomy

Hussain, Gaitee

Hussain, G
  • Magnetic activity in cool stars and stellar clusters
  • Optical, NIR and X-ray spectroscopy of stars and circumstellar environments
  • T Tauri and pre-main sequence stars
  • Stellar surface imaging


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Kerber, Florian

  • Planetary nebulae
  • Late stages of stellar evolution
  • Stellar mass loss and interaction with the interstellar medium

Diaz Trigo, Maria

  • X-ray binaries
  • Stellar mass black-holes
  • Neutron stars
  • Disc accretion outflows: winds and jets

Moehler, Sabine

  • Galactic globular clusters
  • Horizontal branch stars
  • Late stages of stellar evolution


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Pasquini, Luca

  • Precision Spectroscopy, direct measurement of the cosmic acceleration
  • Light Element Abundances (Li and Be): Primordial Nucleosynthesis, Galactic Enrichment, Stellar Mixing
  • Globular Clusters: light elements anti-correlations
  • Chemical Abundance of stars in the local group, in clusters and in the field
  • Exo-Planets, planets around evolved stars
  • Spectroscopic Survey Facility

Patat, Ferdinando

  • Supernovae
  • Statistical Data Analysis
  • Polarimetry and Spectropolarimetry

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Primas, Francesca

  • Galactic chemical evolution
  • UV and optical astronomy
  • High-resolution spectroscopy

Schöller, Markus

  • Optical Long Baseline Interferometry
  • Stellar magnetic fields
  • Star formation and stellar evolution

Testi, Leonardo

  • High mass star formation
  • Young (proto-)stellar clusters
  • Young brown dwarfs
  • Circumstellar disks and their evolution

Valenti, Elena

  • Resolved stellar populations
  • Star Clusters
  • Galactic Bulge
  • Chemical Abundances
  • Adaptive optics - NIR Imaging and Spectroscopy

Walsh, Jeremy

  • Planetary nebulae
  • HII regions
  • Polarimetry


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Wittkowski, Markus

  • Atmospheres and mass-loss of evolved stars
  • Fundamental stellar properties
  • Optical interferometry and interferometric imaging, mainly with the VLTI instruments PIONIER and GRAVITY
  • Synergy of optical and radio interferometry

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Kerzendorf, Wolfgang

  • Progenitors of Supernovae
  • Radiative Transfer
  • Stellar Spectroscopy and Analysis
  • Data Mining


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Floers, Andreas

  • ​Type Ia Supernova Progenitors
  • Radiative Transfer
  • Supernova Spectroscopy

Boffin, Henri

Boffin, Henri
  • Interacting binaries
  • Exoplanets
  • Star and planet formation
  • Stellar Population in Clusters

Mérand, Antoine

Mérand, Antoine
  • High precision stellar parameters determination using multi-observations modelling
  • Cepheid pulsating stars
  • Distance indicators

Herz, Fabio

Herz, Fabio
  • Astrophysics
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Particle & nuclear physics

Taubenberger, Stefan

Taubenberger, Stefan
  • Spectroscopy and spectropolarimetry of Supernovae
  • Progenitors and explosion models of Type Ia Supernovae
  • Supernovae as distance indicators

Lucchesi, Romain

Agnello, Adriano
  • Stars at low metallicity
  • High-resolution spectroscopy
  • Galactic chemical evolution
  • Exoplanets by direct imaging


Anderson, Richard

Anderson, Richard
  • Stellar astrophysics: variability, multiplicity, evolution
  • Cosmology: distance scale

Manara, Carlo

Manara, Carlo Felice
  • Protoplanetary disk evolution and formation of planets
  • Accretion and ejection processes in young stars
  • Photospheric and chromospheric properties of pre-main sequence stars
  • Kinematic properties of young stellar clusters


Mancino, Sara

Mancino, Sara
  • Cepheids
  • Distance measurements
  • Chemical abundances

Aoki, Misa

Agnello, Adriano
  • Galactic chemical evolution
  • Chemical abundances in metal-poor stars
  • High resolution spectroscopy 

Loebling, Lisa

Labeling, Lisa
  • Hot evolved Stars
  • Central stars of planetary nebulae
  • S-process nucleosynthesis
  • High resolution spectroscopy
  • Stellar atmosphere modelling

Escate Giribaldi, Riano

Agnello, Adriano
  •     Star-Planet conection and stellar mixing 
  •     Precision Spectroscopy: precise stellar parameters and detailed elemental abundances 
  •     Globular clusters: Li and Be abundances.

Barna, Barnabas

Barna, Barnabas
  • Thermonuclear supernovae
  • Progenitors and explosion models
  • Optical spectroscopy
  • Radiative transfer

Borre, Camilla

Borre, Camilla
  • Interacting binaries
  • Rapid rotating stars

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