The Young Stars & Star Formation group at the
Observatory of the University Munich
is lead by Prof. Thomas Preibisch.
We perform, analyze, and interpret
observations of individual young stars and whole star forming
regions at optical, infrared, X-ray, and sub-mm wavelengths.
The main areas of research are currently:
Most stars form in large clusters and associations, close to massive OB stars, which affect their environment
by ionizing radiation, stellar winds, and, finally, supernova explosions. Studies of the stellar populations and
the star formation history in OB associations provide important insights into interactions and feedback effects.
The very strong X-ray emission from young stars has far-reaching implications
for the formation of planetary systems, and the evolution of
protoplanetary atmospheres. X-ray observations are also an important tool
for the investigation of the stellar populations of star-forming regions.
This relatively new technique can provide an extremely high angular resolution of down to
0.001 arcsec. This allows, for example, to directly study, for the first time,
the innermost regions in protoplanetary disks around young stars, where terrestrial planets are thought to form.