2017-2020 Report on Activities

2017-2020 Report on Activities
Report on Activities:
2017-2020 Report on Activities
Research Divisions

    Stars and Exoplanets                               Extragalactic

                                                       Gamma Ray Bursts
    Exoplanets        Star Formation               Klose (staff)
Guenther (staff)      Eislöffel (staff)            Nicuesa Guelbenzu (PhD)
Hatzes (staff)        Stecklum (staff)             Birckigt (PhD)
Chaturvedi (PD)       Melnikov (PD)                Satzer (PhD)
Döllinger (PD)        Sperling (PhD)
                                                   Schmidl (PhD)
Esposito (PD)         Wolf (PhD)
Hartmann (PD)
Nagel (PD)
Sabotta (PhD)                                       Galaxy Clusters (LOFAR)
Wöckel (PhD)                                       Hoeft (staff)
                          Science: 26              Alexander Drabent (PD)
Stellar Variability                                Simon Oberhauser (Masters)
Lehmann (staff)           Technical/Telescope: 9   Ludwig Pfeiffer (Masters)
(Hatzes (staff))          Administration/
Pertermann (PhD)          House     :7
                                                   Emeritus: Prof. H. Meusinger
2017-2020 Report on Activities
Personnel Changes

• 2017: Pluto (Electronics) è Neubert
• 2018 Meusinger (Scientist) è ? (Radio group)
• 2020: Fuhrmann, Schiller (IT) è Ball, ?
• By 2024 : Stecklum, Lehmann, Hatzes (Scientists)
• W3 Professor for “Star and Planet Systems”
  deadline for applications March 16, 2020
2017-2020 Report on Activities
  2016          2017        2018        2019         2020
1.929.800    1.972.600   2.039.400   2.093.700    2.536.700

            Red: Increase required by inflation
            Magenta: 3.8% yearly increase
2017-2020 Report on Activities
Performance Metric: Publications
Type          2017         2018   2019
Peer Review   37           68     71
Other         215          309    177
Books                             1

        13 % increase per year
Publications per Scientist

Black: TLS (2019: 6.0)
Red : Median for all institutes                       Numbers: TLS ranking
Blue: Median for non-university research institutes
Performance Metric:
          Third-party Funds

                               57 % of
Total operating budget for     base budget
2019: 3.22 Mio. Euro
Third-party Funds

 25 % increase per year
10  % increase/year
Third-party Funds: Pending

1.   CARMENES DFG Research Unit “Blue Planets around
     Red Stars” :3-year renewal for Postdoc.(decision March
2.   Four proposals to DFG SPP “Diversity of Exoplanets”:
     four postdocs (decision May 2020)
3.   Research Training Group GRK 2615/1: "Gravitational
     Waves and Neutron Stars in Multimessenger
     Astrophysics”: FSU Jena, (PI: Prof. Bruegmann),
     Helmolz Institute and TLS (Dr. Klose). Successful
     defense in February
4.   D-LOFAR 2.0 (Verbundforschung)
5.   D-MeerKat (Verbundforschung)
6.   …
Third Tautenburg International Observing
                          School 2018
                       Focus: Spectroscopy

•   20 students from 9 countries (Austria, Germany, Greece, The Netherlands,
    Spain, Uganda, Czech Republic, UK, Slovakia)
•   Travel funded through DFG SPP1992 “The Diversity of Extrasolar Planets”
Results from Tautenburg School

                υ And

          Red: TLS

Ø   Echelle data reductions
Ø   Precise stellar radial velocities
Ø   Paper in preparation (Juri Zak)
Ø   Data for five figures in book
Alfred Jensch Telescope Schmidt:
                          First Light for TAUKAM

• 6K x 6K e2v CCD
• 1.1o x 1.1o field of view
• 4-fold increase in FoV with
  better sampling
• First light in 2018

Talk by Bringfried Stecklum
AJT Coude
                                     A rare brown dwarf (50 MJup) around
                                     an Am star

•      Built in late 1990s
•      Increased use for TESS
       follow up
•      New spectrograph can
       improve efficiency by
       factors of 10 or more
                                       σ (TLS) = 89 m/s
•      Important for PLATO follow-     σ (PARAS) = 230 m/s
       up                              σ (Ondrejov) = 120 m/s
                                       σ (FIES) = 46 m/s
                                       σ (TRES) = 40 m/s
                                       TLS without simultaneous
    Talk by Holger Lehmann             wavelength calibration
Ten years of LOFAR operations


           Birr                                                                      Irbene

                               Dutch stations
                  Chilbolton                       Norderstedt                 Bałdy

                                                   Tautenburg                       Łazy

                   Nançay        Unterweilenbach


Ø   T-LOFAR was second International Station
Ø   International LOFAR Telescope:15 stations in
    9 countries

Talk by Alexander
LOFAR: Return on Investment

Ø 1.2 Mio. Euro in grant money (DFG, BMBF, Carl-Zeiss-

Ø Pending proposals from BMBF: D-LOFAR 2.0, D-
  MeerKAT, astro-NFDI

Ø Education: 4 PhD, 3 master (+2 ongoing), Africa
  teaching export (Cosmos Dumba)

Ø Crucial role for LoTSS: leading the data processing on
LOFAR: Return on Investment

Ø Close collaboration with DLR Institute for Data Science
  (DLR-DW) who is hiring data scientist for radio
Ø Active role in organising long wavelength radio
  astronomy community in Germany (Secretary in GLOW)

Ø Verein für Dataintensive Radioastronomy (Society for
  data intensive Radio astronomy) founded in Jena (TLS:
LOFAR: Connection to other
             research at TLS

Young stellar
objects in star
forming regions

Possible radio
emission from an
(CARMENES target)

                             Vedantham et al. 2020
             Blue Planets around Red Stars
      Ø   Two arm spectrograph (IR and VIS) at Calar Alto 3.5m for
          precise radial velocity measurements of M dwarfs
      Ø   TLS contribution: calibration units
      Ø   Science operations began in Jan 2016
      Ø   750 clear nights to consortium
      Ø   19 Planets discovered > 26 papers with TLS co-author
      Ø   DFG Research Unit (3 + 3 years)
      Ø   Submission of Legacy Proposal to CAHA
      Ø   Plans for an upgrade (improved stability and a blue arm)
      Ø   Talk by Priyanka Chaturvedi

It is important for TLS to continue its participation in CARMENES
CARMENES is working well
CRIRES+ : A crossed dispersed high
                  resolution IR spectrograph
CRIRES+ is the only:                     The science:

•   High resolution spectrograph     •    A search for super-Earths in the
    working in Y, J, H, K, L, M           habitable zone of low-mass
•   R= 100,000 IR spectrograph on         stars and brown dwarfs
    an 8-m telescope                 •    The characterization of
•   Hires IR spectrograph in the          atmospheres of transiting
    southern hemisphere                   giant planets
•   Has polarimetric capabilities    •    The origin and evolution of
                                          stellar magnetic fields

         Ø CRIRES+ will be the premier ground-based instrument
           for the characterization of exoplanet atmospheres
         Ø Consortium has 62 GTO nights

See CRIRES+ poster
CRIRES+: Status

Ø Shipped to Paranal end of 2019
Ø Slight delay in January due to
  rioting in Santiago
Ø Warm commissioning completed in
Ø First light on 17.02.2020
Ø Cold commissioning in March and
  April (barring riots in Santiago)
Ø Available to the community Fall
  2020 (?) or 2021

 First major instrument on
 VLT led by TLS

           Ø TLS Scientists (Eislöffel, Stecklum, Sperling)
             have received 36.2 hrs1 since 2015 (~6 % of
             the flight time)
           Ø Important for Star Formation work at TLS
           Ø Talk by Jochen Eislöffel
1one   hour costs 100,000 USD
KESPRINT: A consortium dedicated to the detection and
                     characterization of transiting planets
                                                                                            DLR (Berlin):
                                                              Chalmers Uni. (Sweden):       J. Cabrera
                   IAC (Spain):    Uni. Aarhus (Denmark):     M. Fridlund                   Sz. Csizmadia
                   R. Alonso       S. Albrecht                C. Persson                    A. Erikson
                   H. Deeg                                                                  P. Eigmüller
                   D. Nespral                                                               H. Rauer
                   G. Nowak                                                                 A. Smith
                   E. Pallé          UK:
                   J. Arranz         . V. Van Eylen
                                       O. Barragan                              Czech Republic
                                                                                P. Kabath
                                                                                M. Skarka
Las Cumbres
Obs.(USA):                                                             TLS (TLS)
M. Johnson                                                             A. Hatzes (PI)
                                                                       E. Guenther
                                                                       M. Esposito
                                  Uni. Torino (Italy):
                                  D. Gandolfi                 RIU (Cologne)
 McDonald (USA):                                              S. Grziwa
 W. Cochran                                                   J. Korth            Japan:
 M. Endl                                    Graz (Austria):   M. Pätzold          TIT: T. Hirano
                                            P. Beck                               NAOJ: M. Fukui
              Wesleyan (USA):                                                     Uni. Tokyo:
              S. Redfield                                                         J. Livingston,
                                                                                  N. Narita

               Ø 47 members in 10 countries
KESPRINT: The premier ogranization for the
         characterization of transiting exoplanets

Ø 36 Transiting planets characterized, > 25 % of all
  small planets
Ø 45 refereed papers since 2015
Ø 144 nights in 2019 on telescopes throughout the
Ø Play a key role for coordination of PLATO follow-up
             A high resolution spectrograph for the
                  1.5-m telescope on La Silla

Ø Ondřejov Observatory               Ø Access to telescope in
  Pontifica Universidad                Southern Hemisphere
  Católica de Chile, and             Ø Low cost remote
  TLS                                  operation
Ø R = 70,000                         Ø Strengthen
  spectrograph                         collabortion with
Ø Remote operation                     Ondrejov Observatory
Ø Follow-up of PLATO                 Ø Build “war chest” of
  transit candidates                   telescopes for PLATO
                                       follow up
Space Optics: SkyHopper
                                             BRITE-Constellation: A cube satellite
                                             to study bright stars

Ø    Develop optics for cube
Ø    SkyHopper: GRB and
Ø    Close collaboration with IOF
Ø    Talk by Sylvio Klose

    A Thuringian Space Agency at low cost!
A Strategic Goal for TLS

A Yellow Dot on Tautenburg

                  Astronomical Research

TLS Needs an
Instrumentation           TLS
Group                                                  R&D
     Education                                       Photonics

         FSU                                      IOF

Ø Performance indicators (publications, grant money)
  positive for past 20 years
Ø CARMENES, CRIRES+ projects finishing up
Ø PLATOSpec, CARMENES+, SkyHopper on the horizon
Ø TLS positioned to play an important role in PLATO follow
Ø TLS ready to take next big step in its development, but
  we need support!
School Philosophy

• No pre-determined projects. We only
  make suggestions
• Students decide on objects to observe
• Students plan all the observations
• Students carry out all the observations
  including telescope and instrument
Tautenburg International Observing

Benefits to TLS:
Ø Good advertising for TLS
Ø Excellent “niche” use of 2m telescope
Ø Attracts students to TLS-FSU
Ø Added value in funding proposals (DFG, EU)
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