I recently moved from a research position in astrophysics to industry, working for an optics company in Germany.
Previously, I hold a Reimar Lüst Fellowship from the Max Planck Society and worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy (MPIA) in Heidelberg.
I obtained my PhD in astrophysics at Heidelberg University in January 2018, where I worked in the disk and planet research team of Prof. Thomas Henning at the MPIA, as well as in the planet formation group at the Institute of Theoretical Astrophysics (ITA) led by Prof. Cornelis Dullemond. My main research interests are in the field of protoplanetary disks and the earliest stages of planet formation. In my PhD I focused on radiative transfer modeling of planet-forming disks, a powerful tool to directly link numerical simulation results to current telescope observations at various wavelengths. I was especially interested in hydrodynamical simulations of planet-disk interactions, and the comparison to ring structures and non-axisymmetric features seen in recent scattered light and thermal emission data. Furthermore, I worked on millimeter polarization in the context of dust self-scattering, a new idea helping us to constrain the grain size distribution in disks.
PhD in Astrophysics (Dr. rer. nat.) • 2014 - 2017
Fellow of the International Max Planck Research School for Astronomy and Cosmic Physics at Heidelberg University (IMPRS-HD)
PhD Thesis: 'Structure of planet-forming disks: multi-wavelength polarization diagnostics'
Max Planck Institute for Astronomy, Heidelberg, Germany
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Thomas Henning
Master of Science in Physics • 2011 - 2014
Master's thesis: 'Radiative Transfer Models of Non-axisymmetric Protoplanetary Disks'
Institute of Theoretical Astrophysics, Heidelberg, Germany
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Cornelis Dullemond
Bachelor of Science in Physics • 2008 - 2011
Bachelor's thesis: 'Outflows of Brown Dwarfs'
Max-Planck-Institute for Astronomy, Heidelberg, Germany
Supervisor: PD Dr. Viki Joergens
Abitur • 2008
Focus subjects: Mathematics, Physics, Politics
Further examination subject: French
Max-Planck-Institute for Astronomy
69117 Heidelberg, Germany
pohl [at] mpia.de