Mißbach, H.; Steininger, H.; Thiel, V.; Goetz, W.: Investigating the Effect of Perchlorate on Flight-like Gas Chromatography–Mass Spectrometry as Performed by MOMA on board the ExoMars 2020 Rover. Astrobiology 19 (11) (2019)
Goesmann, F.; Brinckerhoff, W. B.; Raulin, F.; Goetz, W.; Danell, R. M.; Getty, S. A.; Siljestrom, S.; Mißbach, H.; Steininger, H.; Arevalo Jr., R. D.et al.; Buch, A.; Freissinet, C.; Grubisic, A.; Meierhenrich, U. J.; Pinnick, V. T.; Stalport, F.; Szopa, C.; Vago, J. L.; Lindner, R.; Schulte, M. D.; Brucato, J. R.; Glavin, D. P.; Grand, N.; Li, X.; van Amerom, F. H. W.; The Moma Science Team: The Mars Organic Molecule Analyzer (MOMA) Instrument: Characterization of Organic Material in Martian Sediments. Astrobiology 17 (6-7), pp. 655 - 685 (2017)
Giri, C.; McKay, C. P.; Goesmann, F.; Schäfer, N.; Li, X.; Steininger, H.; Brinckerhoff, W. B.; Gautier, T.; Reitner, J.; Meierhenrich, U. J.: Carbonization in Titan Tholins: implication for low albedo on surfaces of Centaurs and trans-Neptunian objects. Int. J. Astrobiology 15 (3), pp. 231 - 238 (2016)
Giri, C.; Goesmann, F.; Steele, A.; Gautier, T.; Steininger, H.; Krüger, H.; Meierhenrich, U. J.: Competence evaluation of COSAC flight spare model mass spectrometer: In preparation of arrival of Philae lander on comet 67P/ChuryumovGerasimenko. Planetary and Space Science 106, pp. 132 - 141 (2015)
Li, X.; Danell, R. M.; Brinckerhoff, W. B.; Pinnick, V. T.; van Amerom, F.; Arevalo, R. D.; Getty, S. A.; Mahaffy, P. R.; Steininger, H.; Goesmann, F.: Detection of Trace Organics in Mars Analog Samples Containing Perchlorate by Laser Desorption/Ionization Mass Spectrometry. Astrobiology 15, pp. 104 - 110 (2015)
Bishop, J. L.; Franz, H. B.; Goetz, W.; Blake, D. F.; Freissinet, C.; Steininger, H.; Goesmann, F.; Brinckerhoff, W. B.; Getty, S.; Pinnick, V. T.et al.; Mahaffy, P. R.; Darby, D. M.: Coordinated analyses of Antarctic sediments as Mars analog materials using reflectance spectroscopy and current flight-like instruments for CheMin, SAM and MOMA. Icarus 224 (2), pp. 309 - 325 (2013)
Steininger, H.; Goesmann, F.; Brinckerhoff, W. B.; Mahaffy, P. R.; Scopa, C.; Raulin, F.: Detecting Organics with the Mars Organic Molecule Analyzer (MOMA) on the 2018 ExoMars rover. International Workshop on Instrumentation for Planetary Missions, Washington DC, USA (2014)
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.; 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)
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).
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.
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.
Turbulence plays a very important role in many applications, ranging from geophysics and astrophysics to engineering. In our solar system, turbulence is often driving by thermal effect, rotation, and magnetic field. In this project you will use high-fidelity simulation tools, including direct numerical simulations, data assimilation, and machine learning, to study the physics of turbulence, focusing on convection and dynamos.
The Planetary Plasma Environments group (PPE) has a strong heritage in the exploration of planetary magnetospheres and space plasma interactions throughout the solar system. It has contributed instruments to several past missions that flew-by or orbited Jupiter (Galileo, Cassini, Ulysses). The PPE participates in the JUICE mission by contributing hardware and scientific expertise to the Particle Environment Package (PEP).
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.