Heller, R.; Duda, J.-P.; Winkler, M.; Reitner, J.; Gizon, L.: Habitability of the early Earth: liquid water under a faint young Sun facilitated by strong tidal heating due to a closer Moon. Paläontologische Zeitschrift (2021)
Limbach, M. A.; Vos, J. M.; Winn, J. N.; Heller, R.; Mason, J. C.; Schneider, A. C.; Dai, F.: On the Detection of Exomoons Transiting Isolated Planetary-mass Objects. The Astrophysical Journal Letters 918, L25 (2021)
Heller, R.; Hippke, M.; Freudenthal, J.; Rodenbeck, K.; Batalha, N. M.; Bryson, S.: Transit least-squares survey: III. A 1.9 R⊕ transit candidate in the habitable zone of Kepler-160 and a nontransiting planet characterized by transit-timing variations. Astronomy and Astrophysics 638, A10 (2020)
Jones, M. H.; Haswell, C. A.; Barnes, J. R.; Staab, D.; Heller, R.: A Possible Transit of a Disintegrating Exoplanet in the Nearby Multiplanet System DMPP-1. Astrophysical Journal, Letters 895 (1), L17 (2020)
Heller, R.; Hippke, M.; Rodenbeck, K.: Transit least-squares survey: II. Discovery and validation of 17 new sub- to super-Earth-sized planets in multi-planet systems from K2. Astronomy and Astrophysics 627, A66 (2019)
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).