I am an astrophysicist, currently based at the University of Vienna.
Massive Stars in the Tarantula Nebula in the Large
Magellanic Cloud. Image credit: ESO / the VIsible
MultiObject Spectrograph (VIMOS) at the VLT.
I have studied Physics and Astronomy at the University
of Hamburg (Germany). My Master thesis I have done at the
INTEGRAL Science Data Scenter in Geneva
(Switzerland).Next I moved on to the University of
Utrecht (Netherlands) where I optained my PhD. Now I am based at the
University of Vienna, working as a University Assistant (Postdoc).
Ines Brott Türkenschanzstr. 17
1190 Vienna, Austria
With masses of ~5-100 times the mass of the sun,
massive stars live a very rapid and influencial life.
As cosmic engines they synthesis the elements we are
all made of and distribute these in the universe
through strong stellar winds during their life and in
spectacular supernova explosions in their dead.
During their Hydrogen burning lifetime, massive
stars show very different amount of Nitrogen and
Helium on their surface, but often much larger
amounts than found in the sun. These elements are
synthesized in their cores, but unclear how they are
transported to the surface while the star is still on
the main sequence. Rotation, indicated by high
surface velocities of most massive stars seems to be
a key, but many questions remain. I am studying this problem using
stellar evolution models including the theory of
Download Tracks and Isochrones
Evolutionary track and isochrones of rotating
stars, published in
Brott et. al 2011a can be
here . Please contact me, if questions arrise.
3D simulations of protoplanetary disks
Models of protoplanetary disks are usually
calculated in 1+1D approximations, meaning the disc
is approximated as 1D slices. While much progress has
been achieved with these kind of models, real disks
are 3D. Planet formation is suspected to cause
non-systemic structures in discs, which can only be
modeled in 3D.
Based on the 3D radiative transfer environment
PHOENIX/3D, we are developing a new code to simulate
protoplanetary discs in 3D and study the effects
planetformation has on them.
The Astronomical data service keeps track of
publications in the field of Astronomy and
A list of my papers can be found
VLT Flames Survey of massive stars related press release