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Proposing Institution

Hamburger Sternwarte
Project Manager

Dr. Bastian Körtgen
Gojenbergsweg 112
21029 Hamburg
The life cycle of molecular clouds is intimately linked to the dynamics and structure of the interstellar medium (ISM). Recent observations of the ISM in the Milky Way and other galaxies have shown that the ISM is strongly magnetised. The influence of the magnetic field on the cloud and star formation process has been subject to strong debate for a few decades. However, its actual role in controlling the formation of clouds and stellar systems is to date not fully understood. Especially the transition from sub- to supercritical molecular clouds is subject to ongoing research. In this project we aim to understand this transition by means of large scale Galactic simulations of strongly magnetised and turbulent, isolated disc galaxies. We plan to adress the impact of the magnetic field on the global morphology and dynamics of the disc as well as on star forming regions, which are being formed due to large scale gravitational instabilities.

Impressum, Conny Wendler