PD Dr. Axel Schwope
I'm head of the X-ray astronomy group at the AIP and associated professor (Privatdozent) at the University of Potsdam. Students searching for Bachelor-, Master- or doctoral thesis supervision are always welcome. I am particularly interested in compact binaries (mostly with white dwarfs), neutron stars, and large-scale surveys at X-ray and optical wavelengths. I am the co-investigator and the chairman of the Compact Objects working group of eROSITA, which performs an X-ray all-sky survey with an imaging telescope since December 2019, co-investigator of the XMM-Newton Survey Science Centre, co-chair of the topical panel Endpoints of Stellar Evolution for the ESA L-class mission ATHENA (launch 2031) and lead activities to identify Compact Binaries in SDSS-V. During pre-phase A of 4MOST I was one of the two project scientists.
Among my publications (complete ADS list since 1985, or just refereed ) one finds besides those dealing with compact objects and large-scale surveys those focusing on active galactic nuclei (AGN), clusters of galaxies. Others are addressing topics like light pollution (our sky protection) and Doppler tomographie.
I'm collaborating with amateur astronomers. On outcome: the main-belt asteroid 278513 carries my name.
Oldies, but goodies: The ROSAT Bright Survey, an optical identification program of the more than 2000 brightest X-ray sources found in the ROSAT all-sky survey. Original paper:The ROSAT Bright Survey: II. Catalogue of all high-galactic latitude RASS sources with PSPC countrate CR > 0.2 s-1 (Schwope et al. 2000, AN 321, 1)
PublicationsLatest refereed publications, retrieved from NASA ADS:
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 502, 1, 1095; published March 2021
Astronomy and Astrophysics, 647, A7; published March 2021
Astronomy and Astrophysics, 647, A1; published March 2021
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 501, 2, 1644; published February 2021
Astronomy and Astrophysics, 646, A181; published February 2021
Astronomy and Astrophysics, 645, A56; published January 2021
Nature, 592, 7856, 704; published 2021
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 499, 2, 1747; published December 2020
Astronomy and Astrophysics, 642, A134; published October 2020
Astronomy and Astrophysics, 641, A137; published September 2020