Dr. rer. nat. Dominik Schleicher
Dominik Schleicher explores the formation of the first cosmological objects in the Universe, including the first stars and the first supermassive black holes. Central questions of his research concern the masses of the first stars, the conditions under which supermassive black holes may form and the resulting masses of the stars and black holes. These questions are explored using highly parallel cosmological simulations on supercomputers, which include a variety of physical processes such as dark matter dynamics, gas dynamics, gravity, chemistry, cooling and magnetic fields.
He is further interested in the transition from the first to the second generation of stars, which is regulated by the enrichment of the interstellar medium with heavy elements, the properties of the interstellar medium under such conditions, and the growth of supermassive black holes after their formation.
Dominik Schleicher obtained his PhD in Astronomy in 2009 at the University of Heidelberg and was an ESO-ALMA fellow at Leiden Observatory from 2009-2011. He was a junior professor at the University of Goettingen from 2011 to 2015, and has joined UdeC in March 2015.
He is also the director of the Anillo ACT172033 "Formation and Growth of Supermassive Black Holes".