Reinhardt, M.; Thiel, V.; Duda, J.-P.; Goetz, W.; Reitner, J.: Lake Magadi cherts (southern Kenya Rift Valley) - a modern taphonomic analog for habitats on the early Earth. 4th International Conference of Geobiology - Rocks, life and climate, Wuhan, China (2017)
Reinhardt, M.; Thiel, V.; Duda, J.-P.; Goetz, W.; Reitner, J.: The Pleistocene Lake Magadi cherts - a modern taphonomic analog for habitats on the early Earth and beyond? Rocks & Stars II Conference, Göttingen, Germany (2017)
Mißbach, H.; Steininger, H.; Thiel, V.; Goetz, W.: Characterization of organic compounds using MOMA flight-like instrumentation in preparation of the upcoming ExoMars rover mission. 29th International Meeting on Organic Geochemistry, Gothenburg, Sweden (2019)
Mißbach, H.; Duda, J.-P.; Schmidt, B. C.; Goetz, W.; Lünsdorf, N. K.; Thiel, V.: Assessing the effects of thermal maturation on biogenic and abiogenic organic material. 28th International Meeting on Organic Geochemistry, Florence, Italy (2017)
Mißbach, H.; Steininger, H.; Thiel, V.; Goetz, W.: Characterization of Organic Compounds in Martian Sediments: a Case Study imitating MOMA Pyrolysis Derivatization onboard the ExoMars rover. 48th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, The Woodlands, Texas (2017)
The Solar Lower Atmosphere and Magnetism (SLAM) group covers many exciting subjects in solar physics, focussing on the development and testing of highly novel solar instrumentation, reduction and analysis of highest quality solar observations, or improving and developing advanced techniques for the analysis of solar observations.
Inversion codes are used to aid the detailed interpretation of solar spectro-polarimetric data. This computer code attempts to find the atmospheric structure that produced an observed spectrum by minimizing the difference between the observed spectrum and a Stokes spectrum.
The MPS is one of the leading institutes worldwide in building instruments for solar research, both for ground based observatories as well as for balloon and space-borne missions. Scientists and engineers of MPS conceive new observing methods and develop novel instruments of highest technological complexity. These instruments are built in house, tested, calibrated, and used at the best solar observatories in the world, or delivered to NASA and ESA to be launched to space.
In the "Solar and Stellar Interiors" department, Laurent Gizon, Jesper Schou, Aaron Birch, Robert Cameron and others offer PhD projects in solar physics and astrophysics. Helioseismology and asteroseismology are used as important tools to study the oscillating Sun and stars.
Recently new, very sensitive observations of the ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO) and its instruments NOMAD (Nadir and Occultation for MArs Discovery) an ACS (Atmospheric Chemistry Suite) became available and initiated a number of interesting scientific questions. Some of them are open PhD projects using the MPS General Circulation Model (MPS-GCM).