Prof. Dr. Susanne Pfalzner
Head of the Minerva research group
"Star and planet formation in massive young clusters".
Max-Planck-Institut fuer Radioastronomie
Auf dem Hügel 69
Telephone: 0228/ 525 - 126
The central aim of my group is to understand better what influence the cluster environment has on star and planet formation. Therefore we simulate the general dynamics of young dense clusters in the embedded and exposed phase and are particulary interested in the temporale development of the cluster density. We study the frequency of close encounters in such clusters, their influence on protoplantary discs properties and the resulting planetary systems. As this depends as well on whether the stars are single or part of a multiple system we study as well the evolution of the binary properties in these early phases of the cluster development. more...