This years Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting was dedicated to physics. From 30th June until 5th July, around 600 young researchers from 89 countries met with 39 Nobel laureates. This year's focus was on dark matter, cosmology, laser physics and gravitational waves. Along with other contributions from our university, the theoretical astrophysics group (TAT) could present itself several times in front of this highly international audience.
As a rare and unique chance to present own work to a Nobel laureate and a diverse group of young researchers, the concept of master classes was available. Here, out of hundreds of in advance submitted abstracts, three to four were selected per master. One of these master classes was run by Brian P. Schmidt, who shares the Nobel Prize in Physics 2011 with Adam G. Riess for the discovery of the accelerated expansion of the universe. Among the selected abstracts was one of TAT PhD student Sebastian H. Völkel, who presented his work on gravitational waves from compact objects.
On the final day of the meeting, it is a tradition to visit Mainau Island by boat. During that boat trip, organized by the federal state of Baden-Württemberg, several of its universities, Max-Planck Institutes, as well as „Jugend forscht“ Baden-Württemberg, presented themselves to the international audience. Here our university was represented by the Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics, which highlighted its research with two posters.
The poster of our group was presented by Humboldt Postdoc Dr. Arthur G. Suvorov and Sebastian H. Völkel. Both explained the focus of our group on neutron star oscillations and related asteroseismology, for which Einstein's theory of general relativity is essential. From the proper understanding of neutron star oscillations, conclusions about the internal structure, as well as the equation of state are possible. When it happens that Nobel laureate Joseph H. Taylor Jr., who shares the 1993 prize with Russell A. Hulse for the discovery of an important binary pulsar system, passes by for a short talk, the atmosphere is great.
The Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts was represented by ministerial director Ulrich Steinbach. He informed himself seemingly intrigued by walking through the poster booths and stopping for short interviews. He also advertised and informed the general audience about the excellent research institutes and opportunities in Baden-Württemberg.