Research

Comprehensive information about the research topics in the Solar System School is available from the list of completed PhD theses, the list of open PhD projects, from specialised queries to publication data bases filtering for peer-revied articles in scientific journals by IMPRS students, via a list of researchers acting as faculty members in the IMPRS and of course directly from the research group pages of the MPS.

The physics of Solar system science comprises several branches of geophysics and astrophysics: earth and planetary sciences, space physics, solar and stellar physics. The objects of interest in Solar System Research are the Sun as the central star of our Solar System, its planets Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune and their rings and moons, its minor bodies including asteroids and comets, trans-Neptunian objects and Kuiper-belt objects. Ground-based observations and space-based observatories performing spectroscopy or polarimetry and space missions with remote-sensing instruments or in-site measurement capabilities allow to study our and similar stellar/planetary systems. Solar physicists analyse and interpret data for example on solar or stellar interiors with a focus on dynamo processes, or on the solar atmosphere with its sunspots as one visible manifestation of solar activity. Computational fluid dynamics, magnetohydrodynamics or radiative transfer models advance a theoretical understanding of the phenomena observed. Investigations of the interiors of stars use the techniques of helioseismology or asteroseismology in combination with stellar modelling. Planetary scientists obtain information on other celestial bodies, for example through space missions such as Rosetta or Dawn, and construct theoretical analytical models or numerical simulations for the interpretation of their data of planetary ionospheres, atmospheres, surfaces or interiors.

Open PhD Projects in Astrophysics
Applicants are invited to have a look at the open PhD thesis projects currently offered in the IMPRS, ranging from solar physics to stellar astrophysics, from earth to planetary sciences and more
IMPRS PhD Theses
The list of all IMPRS PhD thesis with links to the dissertations gives an account of the doctoral research in all areas of Solar system science that IMPRS students have been performing more
MPI Solar System Research Pages
Applicants may find it helpful to browse the MPS research pages to learn more about the scientific topics currently covered at this institute (including Solar physics, planets and comets) more
Institute for Astrophysics Research Pages
Research at the IAG covers Solar and stellar astrophysics, activity and magnetic fields, extra-solar planets, theoretical and numerical astrophysics, instrumentation projects and more
IMPRS Faculty members
Applicants may be interested to browse the list of faculty members and senior scientists in the partner institutions of the IMPRS for Solar System Science available for PhD thesis supervision more
Publications
Specific publication data base queries give an account of the research by IMPRS students: dissertation theses in Solar system science and beyond, refereed articles in scientific journals more

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