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Full Professor and Chair for Astrophysics
at the University of Potsdam

Contact information:

Prof. Dr. Philipp Richter
Institute of Physics and Astronomy
University of Potsdam
14476 Potsdam/Golm

Phone: +49 331 977 1841
Fax: +49 331 977 5935
email: prichter@astro.physik.uni-potsdam.de

How to find me:

University Campus Golm
Building No. 28
Room 2.003


Andrea Brockhaus
Room 2.002
Phone: +49 331 977 1054
Fax: +49 331 977 5935
email: andrea@astro.physik.uni-potsdam.de

Research on diffuse gaseous matter in the Universe

I am leading the extragalactic research group at the University of Potsdam. In our group, we using the method of absorption spectroscopy in the UV and in the optical regime to study the amount and distribution of hydrogen and metal ions inside and outside of galaxies at all redshifts. We are complementing the absortion-line measurements with emission observations in the radio, X-ray and optical regime. We are also using state-of-the ast numerical hydrodynamical simulations that we are comparing with the results from the observations.

Teaching in Physics and Astrophysics

As a professor, teaching represents an important aspect of my work. I am teaching many different courses in Astrophysics (e.g., fundamental astrophysics, comology, galaxy evolution, interstellare medium) as part of the physics/astrophysics bachelor/master programs at our institute. I supervise the various astrophysics lab courses and seminars. I also teach experimental physics for geo-science students. Moreover, I examine students in physics/astrophysics at all levels.

University management

Since my appointment as professor in 2007 I have worked intensively in shaping the University's leading role in astrophysical research and education in the Berlin/Brandenburg area. For many years, I served as director/deputy director of out department. I have lead a larger number of committees to appoint professors in astrophysics at our department. I have developed and installed the master program astrophysics, one of the few international study programs of our University. Among the many duties I have I am currently acting as:

  • DFG liason officer of the University of Potsdam
  • Head of master program astrophysics
  • Head of the Research Initiative Astrophysics
  • Institute's representative in the PhD panel of our faculty

News Blog

Interview with University magazine on research initiative in Astrophysics

In the new issue of the Potsdam University magazine PORTAL WISSEN I describe our recent research initiative and the master program Astrophysics. Check it out at Portal Wissen 2/2018: COSMOS.


NASA press release on our resent results on the origin of the Leading Arm

See the new press release on our spectacular results on the nature and origin of the Leading Arm, a giant gas complex in the Milky Way halo torn out of the Small Magellanic Cloud (SMC): Hubble Solves Cosmic 'Whodunit' with Interstellar Forensics. The original paper can be found here: ApJ 854, 142.


Two new papers on dust properties and diffuse interstellar bands published

Check our new publications on VLT/MUSE observations on Diffuse Interstellar Bands (DIBs; Wendt, Husser, Kamann, Monreal-Ibero, Richter et al. 2017; A&A 607,A133 an on dust depletion of Ti and Ca in DLAs (Guber & Richter 2018; A&A 609,A85.


Martin Sparre and Gabor Worseck joined our group

Two experienced postdoctoral researchers, both coming from Heidelberg, have joined our group. Martin Sparre is an expert on comoslogical simulations using Illustris. He works on joint postoctoral position with the AIP/Christoph Pfrommer. Gabor Worseck is a senior researcher and expert on He reionzation and the intergalactic medium. He works as research associate in our group, jointly funded by DLR and the UP. We are very happy to strengthen our research team with two such excellent researchers!


"Roaming Baryons" Conference held in Sexten

The conference on "There Whereabouts of the Roaming Baryons" took place in mid-July at the Sexten Center for Astrophysics, Italy. Many good talks and fruitful discussions!


HVC survey paper being accepted for publication in A&A

Our HST/COS legacy survey on the Milky Way's circumgalactic medium and gas in the Local Group finally has been acccepted for publication in A&A. A four-year (!) effort finally has come to a successful end! See publication page to download the most recent preprint of the paper.


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