Currently I am postdoctoral researcher at the Curtin Institute of Radio Astronomy (CIRA) in Perth, Australia. I am a radio astronomer with special interest in Very Long Baseline Interferometry (VLBI), its technical aspects and scientific applications. My favourite celestial sources are pulsars which are ideal targets for VLBI due to their compact nature. Here at CIRA I work on pulsar scintillometry with Jean-Pierre Macquart. In essence we use the fact that the interstellar medium scatters pulsar radiation which, with the help of VLBI, can be used to resolve the emission region of pulsars. The physical size of the emission region is, in turn, a direct indicator for the emission site within the pulsar magnetosphere -- the key parameter to tell the three main pulsar emission models apart.

Before I came to Perth I was a PhD student of Wouter Vlemmings and Michael Kramer at the Argelander Institute for Astronomy (AIFA) and the Max-Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy (MPIfR) in Bonn, Germany. I worked, amongst other things, with VLBI observations of the globular cluster M15. For more details check out the Research area. In case you would like to find out what I have been up to all those years, take a look at my CV. Of course, there is also life next to science and to show you a bit of mine I uploaded a few photos on my Personal pages. Enjoy!

A few quick links to check out
  • My publications via ADS
  • My PhD-thesis
  • ADS  
  • arXiv
  • ASIAA    Academia Sinica Insitute of Astronomy and Astrophysics - an institute in Taipei, Taiwan where I spend three months during an internship with the DAAD.
  • Tsinghua University   In Beijing, China, where I studied for a year with a DAAD scholarship.
  • DAAD   Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst - If you ever intend to apply for a stipend in Germany, regardless of nationality, or anywhere abroad as a German.
  • Geschichtensammlung   The blog I tend to write while I am on tour (only in German).
  • Background Labs