D. Schleicher is professor for astronomy at Universidad de Concepcion and the PI of the proposal. He obtained his PhD with summa cum laude at the University of Heidelberg in 2009, and worked for two years as an ALMA-ESO fellow at Leiden Observatory. He was junior professor for cosmology at the University of Goettingen, before accepting a tenure-track position in Concepción in 2015 (now associate professor). His group is particularly well-known for probing supermassive black hole formation scenarios in the early Universe, and is actively involved in preparatory work for the interpretation of future EHT results, for which he received an ALMA-Conicyt grant. His current research group includes two postdocs and 7 undergraduate/postgraduate students.
The group of Dominik Schleicher explores the formation and accretion of the first supermassive black holes in the early Universe. This includes the modeling of gas-dynamical processes (including the chemistry and cooling of the gas) as well as stellar-dynamical processes leading to mergers.
- Formation of massive seed black holes via collisions and accretion
- Witnessing the birth of a supermassive protostar
- Massive black hole factories: Supermassive and quasi-star formation in primordial halos
- Black hole formation in the early Universe
- Black Hole Formation in Primordial Galaxies: Chemical and Radiative Conditions