Thor, R.; Kallenbach, R.; Gläser, P.; Christensen, U. R.; Oberst, J.; Stark, A.; Steinbrügge, G.: Simultaneous retrieval of the h2 tidal Love number and the global shape of the Moon from laser altimetry. Asia Oceania Geosciences Society (AOGS) 15th Annual Meeting , Honolulu, Hawaii (2018)
Thor, R. N.; Kallenbach, R.; Christensen, U. R.; Oberst, J.; Stark, A.; Steinbrügge, G.: Improved algorithms for the retrieval of the h2 Love number of Mercury from laser altimetry data. European Geosciences Union General Assembly, Vienna, Austria (2017)
Christensen, U. R.: Magnetic fields a window into the deep interiors of planets. Workshop on Structure and Dynamics of the interior of rocky planets. Structure and Dynamics of Earth-like Planets, Paris, France (2014)
Thor, R.; Kallenbach, R.; Christensen, U. R.; Gläser, P.; Stark, A.; Steinbrügge, G.; Oberst, J.: Simultaneous retrieval of the lunar solid body tide and topography from laser altimetry. AGU Fall Meeting , online (2020)
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).