thorsten tepper garcía



In an academic sense, it all started at the Alexander-von-Humboldt Schule in Mexico-City, from which I changed to Deutsche Schule in Guadalajara until graduation. I studied Physics (B.Sc.) at the Universidad de las Américas-Puebla (UDLA), after which I moved to Germany, where I spent a couple of years studying Phyiscs (M.Sc) at Georg-August Universität zu Göttingen. I obtained my Ph.D (Dr.rer.nat) in Astrophysics from the same institution in 2007. Since then, I have been working as a research associate at the Institut für Physik und Astronomie of the Universität Potsdam. More specifically, I have been working in the Extragalactic Astrophysics group, lead by Prof. Dr. Philipp Richter.

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I am currently involved in an invetigation with the goal of undertanding how gas is transported from the intergalactic medium (IGM) to the sites of star formation (i.e. galaxies) in the Universe. This is done in direct collaboration with

I am also involved in a project which aims at pinning down the physical properties and absorption signatures of the Warm-Hot Intergalactic Medium (WHIM) in Cosmological Simulations within the framework of the Over-Whelmingly Large Simulations (OWLS; PI Joop Schaye). This is done in direct collaboration with

There is a long-standing project aiming at assessing the impact of absorption by neutral hydrogen in the IGM (so-called attenuatiom) on the spectra of high-redshift galaxies, and its effect on the estimate of photometric redshifts. This is being worked out in collaboration with


Evolution of the Intergalactic Medium (IGM)
Evolution and Formation of Galaxies
IGM-Galaxy Connection (using quasar absorption lines)
Numerical Simulations


International Astronomical Union (IAU)
Sistema Nacional de Investigadores (SNI; México)
Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft (DPG; Germany)
Astronomische Gesellschaft (AG; Germany)
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG; Germany)