Astrophysics: Stars and Planets

  • study of stellar populations, star formation in the local group, pre-main sequence stars, the and dynamical evolution of stellar clusters, the properties of their initial mass function and its relationship with the physical conditions of the environment, using UV, optical and IR data from space (HST) and ground-based (VLT) facilities

    contact Guido De Marchi at ESTEC

  • observational studies of galactic star-forming regions (Orion, Carina, etc.), including low-mass stars, brown dwarfs, circumstellar discs, jets, and outflows, as well as field brown dwarfs, using X-ray, optical, and IR data from ground-based telescopes (VLT, VISTA, UKIRT) and space-based facilities (Chandra, Spitzer, and ultimately JWST)

    contact Mark McCaughrean at ESTEC

  • study of young high-mass star-forming regions with observations from Spitzer, Herschel, and ground-based facilities

    contact Stephan Birkmann at STScI

  • understanding the evolution of massive stars and star clusters using ground- and space-based facilities to study the most massive stars stars in the Galactic Center, 30 Doradus (the Tarantula Nebula) and beyond; including proper motion searches for walkaway, runaway and hyper-velocity stars

    contact Danny Lennon at ESAC

  • Multi-wavelength studies of massive stars (using XMM, HST, Herschel, VLT, and others) with abroad science objectives which include understanding the phyics of massive stars, their formation and evolution, interaction with their environment and impact on the Universe. We are also interested in techniques which enable discovery and exploitation of astrophysical archives.

    contact Danny Lennon, Tony Marston, Andy Pollock, Michael Rosa, or Eva Verdugo at ESAC

  • Multi-wavelength studies of young exoplanets, protoplanetary disks and the formation of planetary systems. We foresee observations with JWST, VLT, ALMA and/or others to support these investigations, including the use of ESA's 1m Optical Ground Station (OGS) for targetted exoplanet searches in young star-forming regions.

    contact Bruno Merin at ESAC or Ana Heras at ESTEC

  • observational and theoretical work on debris discs around stars using existing space- and ground-based observations, including data from Herschel and ongoing ground-based submillimetre observations

    contact Göran Pilbratt or Ana Heras at ESTEC

  • studies linked to the scientific yield of the Gaia mission, in particular structure and evolution of open clusters, OB associations or star forming clouds in the Gould Belt, using astrometric, photometric or spectroscopic data

    contact Timo Prusti or Jos de Bruijne at ESTEC

  • characterisation of the mid- and far-infrared properties of stars in the transition phase from the asymptotic giant branch to the planetary nebula stage through the analysis of data taken by space observatories in the past like Herschel, ISO, Akari, Spitzer or WISE and observations taken with JWST; search for new transition sources in our Galaxy using all-sky survey data and Virtual Observatory techniques

    contact Pedro Garcia-Lario at ESAC

  • research on X-ray binaries (black holes and neutron stars), emission mechanisms, physics of accretion, activity timescales, X-ray bursts

    contact Arvind Parmar or Erik Kuulkers at ESTEC
    or Peter Kretschmar at ESAC

  • X-ray studies of Classical Novae in outburst

    contact Jan-Uwe Ness at ESAC

  • studies related to the science objectives of the CHEOPS and PLATO missions, in particular research based on CoRoT and/or Kepler data, detection and characterisation of exoplanets and planetary systems with the transit method, and advances in techniques for the analysis of light curves.

    contact Ana Heras or Kate Isaak at ESTEC

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