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Mathematisch-Naturwissenschaftliche Fakultät
Fachgruppe Physik

I. Physikalisches Institut

Feedback processes in the high-mass star forming region G29.96-0.02

G29.96-0.02 is a high-mass star forming region, with several dense cores located close to an cometary HII region. Recent ALMA data will be used to study the feedback processes in this region, mainly the properties of a molecular outflow seen in different species (dynamical feedback) and/or the properties of the HII region and its surrounding PDR (radiative feedback).

Dust core population in the filamentary molecular cloud G327, as observed with ALMA

ALMA observations of the molecular cloud G327 will be used to characterize and study the population of dust cores (which will eventually form stars).

Kontinuumstruktur von Sternentstehungsregionen in der Grossen Magellan'schen Wolke

ALMA Daten von Kontinuumemission dreier Sternentstehungsregionen sollen analysiert werden, und die Regionen durch Vergleich mit anderen Daten (Radio, Infrarot) charakterisiert werden.

Resolving the disk structure in high-mass star forming regions

ALMA observations of the sources G35.20-0.74 and G35.03+0.35 have resolved disks around two massive stars. These observations are suited to study the structure of these disks and compare them with simulations.

Searching for disks and studying feedback in the high-mass star forming region G29.96-0.02

ALMA observations of the high-mass star forming complex G29.96-0.02 revealed a complex dense gas structure with velocity signatures commonly found in disks. The presence of disks around high-mass stars is a current topic of debate. Furthermore, this region is ideal to study radiative feedback from a nearby HII region and mechanical feedback via a well-collimated molecular outflow.

Chemistry of complex organic molecules in the Large Magellanic Cloud

ALMA observations of organic molecules have been conducted, and are being conducted in the current cycle.  The goal of the thesis is to investigate the formation of complex organic molecules under the conditions of the LMC using the chemical code Saptarsy, and to compare with observations.

Synthetic spectra from chemical calculations

The chemical code Saptarsy has been developed to calculate chemical evolution in star-forming regions.  It has the ability to calculate synthetic spectra that can be compared to observations, but this is a very time consuming process.  The thesis is about developing a faster, if less acurate, method based on XCLASS, and to apply this to a parameter study for typical star formation conditions.

Cosmic Ray interactions with ice mantles

The chemistry program Saptarsy has recently been improved to provide a realistic description of grain mantles.  One important physical aspect that is missing is a realistic interaction of cosmic rays with the mantle.  In this thesis, the idea is to include these mechanisms, based on laboratory experiments from the literature.