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Manuel Güdel

Professor of Astrophysics

University of Vienna
Department of Astrophysics
Türkenschanzstrasse 17
A-1180 Vienna
Associate of:
ETH Zurich
Department of Physics
Wolfgang-Pauli-Str. 27
CH-8093 Zürich

Research in Star and Planet Formation

How do stars and planets form? How is material in stellar environments processed, and what are the conditions for the formation of life in young stellar systems? These are some of the questions we are addressing in my research group.

I am a professor of astrophysics with interest in theoretical and observational issues related to star formation, stellar environments, and high-energy astrophysics. With a theoretical physics background from ETH Zurich, I am interested in the astronomical interpretation of physical processes on and around young stars. I am specifically focusing on questions of planetary habitability in stellar environments.

In my my research group, we are investigating implications of stellar magnetic activity on young stellar environments, focusing on high-energy radiation and high-energy particles. We are currently developing novel protoplanetary disk model codes making use of high-performance computer clusters such as the Vienna Scienctific Cluster. Furthermore, we are studying the environment of the "Young Sun" to understand the evolution of young planets and their atmospheres and magnetospheres, and implications for "habitability". The latter issues are the subject of our large national key program Pathways to Habitability (PatH).

To obtain frontier data, we use large observatories such as XMM-Newton, Chandra, the Very Large Array, or the Spitzer Space Telescope, and will focus on ALMA, the James Webb Space Telescope, CHEOPS, and PLATO in the future. These efforts are supported by our direct involvement in the Mid InfraRed Instrument on JWST, Plato (ESA M3 mission), SPICA/SAFARI (JAXA/ESA), Athena (ESA L2 mission), ARIEL (ESA, proposed M4 mission), ARAGO (ESA, proposed M4 mission), CHEOPS (ESA S-class mission), and the METIS mid infrared imager and spectrometer for ESO's E-ELT.

 Phone: +43 - 1 - 4277 53814 
 Mobile: +43 - 664 - 60277 53814 
 Fax: +43 - 1 - 4277 9518 
 E-mail: manuel.guedel&univie.ac.at 
 E-mail: guedel&astro.phys.ethz.ch 
 Office: Dept. Astrophysics 006.4 

 Travel Calendar  (incomplete!)

  Aug 21-30 2014: Beijing, China
  Sept 3-4 2014: Stockholm, Sweden
  Sept 22-25 2014: Heidelberg, Germany
  Oct 28-30 2014: Frascati/Rome, Italy
  Nov 15-30 2014: Santiago de Chile, Chile
  Dec 8-10 2014: Catania, Italy
  Jan 25-30 2015: St. Andrews, UK
  Feb 17-20 2015: Madrid, Spain
  Apr 8-10 2015: Liege, BE (?)
  Aug 2-15, 2015: Hawaii, US
  Sept 7-11, 2015: Budapest, HU
  Sept 28-30, 2015: Leiden, NL
  Oct 27-29, 2015: Budapest, HU
  Jan 11-21, 2016: Bern, CH
  Feb 29-Mar 1, 2016: Leiden, NL
  Mar 29-Apr 1, 2016: Leiden, NL
  Apr 19-20, 2016: Paris, FE
  Jun 1-2, 2016: Budapest, HU
  Jun 27-Jul 8, 2016: Bern/Davos, CH
  Sep 28-30, 2016: Bern, CH
  Oct 12-14, 2016: Leuven, BE
  Oct 16-22, 2016: Maresias, Brasil
  Dec 10-17, 2016: Quy Nhon, Vietnam


  Memberships and Responsibilities
  Job Opportunities

Major Projects

PatH: Pathways to

FWF Key National
Research Program

DIANA: DiscAnalysis
EU Collaborative

MIRI: Mid Infrared


ARIEL: Exoplanet
Atmospheric Remote
Sensing IR Exoplanet
; ESA M4

CHaracterizing ExOPlanet Satellite
ESA S-class mission

Astrophysics of Hot &Energetic Universe
ESA L-class mission

PLATO: PLAnetary Transits and Oscillation of stars
ESA M-class mission

METIS: Mid Infra-
red E-ELT Imager
and Spectrograph


DIGIT: Dust,
Ice and Gas
in Time

Herschel OT-KP

XEST: XMM-Newton
Extended Survey
of the Taurus
Molecular Cloud

A Personal Note

Notwithstanding current trends, I'm registered neither with facebook nor Twitter nor LinkedIn nor ResearchGate nor Flickr nor Instagram nor any other so-called "social" networks/media, and that's unlikely going to change in the future. So please don't ask me to join. I'll be happy to discuss personally, with friends and colleagues, about my private life and views (interests in natural sciences, theoretical physics, classical/impressionist/minimal music, history, philosophy, language sciences, or skiing, running, hiking), career development, international collaborations, or whatever else worth discussing including Swiss cheese and chocolate but don't expect me to do so via "social" networks, blogs, or web pages....


Header pictures: Horsehead Nebula: Credit T.A. Rector (NOAO/AURA/NSF) and Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA/NASA); Orion Proplyds: C.R. O'Dell/NASA; HH111 jet: B. Reipurth et al./HST/NASA; disk: ESA; Planetary rocky desert: NASA/JPL-Caltech; Archaean ocean: NASA/http://www.mainsgate.com/spacebio/modules/lu_teare.html; Origin of life/disk/Earth/molecules: NASA/Jenny Mottar; portrait MG: taken in Silvaplana/CH, my biannual hiking and skiing destination in the Swiss Alps.