Our group Physics of Stellar Objects is now part of the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS). Prof. Fritz Röpke is professor at the Zentrum für Astronomie, belonging to Heidelberg University, and group leader at HITS.
Before moving to Heidelberg, our group was part of the Astronomy Chair at the Institute of Theoretical Physics and Astrophysics (ITPA) at the Julius-Maximilians Universität Würzburg, Germany.
Part of the group was funded by the Emmy Noether project "Comprehensive Modeling of Type Ia Supernova Explosions". Additional information can be found on Friedrich (Fritz) Röpke's personal webpage.
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For more information about the group's current teaching activities, please refer to the dedicated teaching page.
Our group aims at gaining a sound theoretical understanding of the explosion phase of Type Ia supernovae (SNe Ia). These objects have been applied as cosmological distance indicators and led to the discovery of the currently accelerated expansion of the universe.
This implies a new “Dark Energy” form to dominate the universe and SNe Ia can again be instrumental in constraining its equation of state. Such measurements, however, rely on empirical calibration techniques and a sound theoretical understanding of SNe Ia is required to increase their reliability and accuracy.
Over the past years, observational campaigns produced a wealth of high-quality data calling for a theoretical interpretation. Only models can provide answers to questions concerning the accuracy, possible systematic errors and evolutionary effects in the distance measurements.
With sophisticated three-dimensional numerical simulations several options in building such models will be explored and the results will be compared with observations. The objective is to contribute to the understanding of SNe Ia by developing a theoretical scenario consistent with prototypical SNe Ia explosions and capable of reproducing the observed range of variability among SNe Ia.
On the basis of this work, a suite of numerical simulations is to be constructed varying initial parameters of the explosion process. From these, the origin the diversity of SNe Ia shall be identified and consequences for the calibration of cosmological distance determinations and its far-reaching implications shall be derived.
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We are located in Building 31 on Campus Hubland Nord. The phone numbers are (+49) 931 31 [phone ext].
Prof. Dr. Friedrich Röpke
Institut für Theoretische Physik und Astrophysik
Campus Hubland Nord
Phone: (+49) 931 31 84230
Fax: (+49) 931 31 84603
Secretary: Mrs. Karin Kuhns
Phone: (+49) 931 31 85031 (Mon – Thu 1pm – 5pm)