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Prof. Dr. Volker Springel

Volker Springel is director at the Max-Planck-Institute for Astrophysics (starting 2018 with a full appointment), with a research focus on computational astrophysics. He received his PhD in 2000 from the Ludwig-Maximilian University in Munich, after studies of physics at the University of Tübingen and the University of California at Berkeley. After doing a postdoc at the Harvard Center for Astrophysics, he became postdoc and then in 2005 group leader in computational cosmology at the Max-Planck-Institute for Astrophysics. In 2010, he was appointed professor for Theoretical Astrophysics at Heidelberg University and became resarch group leader at the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS). His research interests lie in the fields of cosmology and computational astrophysics, with an emphasis on galaxy formation, large-scale structure of the Universe, gas dynamics in the intergalactic and interstellar media, formation of stars and supermassive black holes, structure and dynamics of dark matter halos, first structures in the early universe, magnetohydrodynamics, and on constraining dark energy.

Research interests:

- Cosmic structure formation
- Galaxy formation
- Regulation of star formation by feedback physics
- Supermassive black holes
- Dark matter and dark energy
- Computational astrophysics
- High-performance computing

Contact Address:

Prof. Dr. Volker Springel
MPI für Astrophysik
P.O. Box 1317
85741 Garching, Germany

E-Mail: vspringel @