Dr. Peter Weilbacher

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Scientific Interests

I work with integral field spectroscopy and use this method to analyze various types of objects:

  • Starburst Galaxies
  • Interacting and Merging Galaxies
  • Dwarf Galaxies
  • Galaxy Evolution

Regarding instrument development I am interested in

  • Integral Field / 3D Spectroscopy
  • Data reduction methods and software
  • Data Visualization
Galaxies and Quasars
Scientific Staff
3D and Multi Object Spectroscopy
Scientific Staff
Office: LH/0-22
Phone: +49 331 7499 667
pweilbachernothing@aip.de

Leibniz-Institut
für Astrophysik Potsdam (AIP)
An der Sternwarte 16
14482 Potsdam
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I was involved in the development of the MUSE spectrograph, and designed its data reduction software, for which I also wrote and tested most of the code. In one of the early publications of this instrument I wrote about the Orion Nebula (M42). The corresponding datacube is still one of the largest contiguous datasets in existence, it was visualized in form a short movie by Kristin Riebe. Further publications of mine are related to the Antennae Galaxy.

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I will also be take part in the development of the BlueMUSE spectrograph and of the MOSAIC instrument.

Press releases

Pictures

Maps of the ionised hydrogen in the Antennae Galaxy

Ionised hydrogen in the center (left) and the southern tidal tail (right) of the Antennae Galaxy (NGC 4038/39), observed with MUSE.

Credit: Peter Weilbacher (AIP)

Publications

Publications at NASA ADS: ADS library
Publications at ArXiv: ArXiv link

Latest refereed publications, retrieved from NASA ADS:

Pechetti, R., ... Krajnović, D., ... Weilbacher, P. M., ..., 2024
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society; published January 2024
Participating AIP sections and groups: Galaxies and Quasars, 3D and Multi Object Spectroscopy
Junais, Weilbacher, P. M., ... Amram, P., Małek, K., 2024
Astronomy and Astrophysics, 681, A100; published January 2024
Participating AIP sections and groups: Galaxies and Quasars, 3D and Multi Object Spectroscopy
Kovakkuni, N., ... Pawlowski, M. S., ... Weilbacher, P. M., 2023
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 526, 2, 1940; published December 2023
Vaz, D., ... Roth, M. M., Weilbacher, P. M., Steinmetz, M., 2023
Astronomy and Astrophysics, 678, A59; published October 2023
Sandin, C., Mattsson, L., Chubb, K. L., Ergon, M., Weilbacher, P. M., 2023
Astronomy and Astrophysics, 677, A27; published September 2023
Participating AIP sections and groups: Galaxies and Quasars, 3D and Multi Object Spectroscopy
Monreal-Ibero, A., Weilbacher, P. M., Micheva, G., Kollatschny, W., Maseda, M., 2023
Astronomy and Astrophysics, 674, A210; published June 2023
Soemitro, A. A., Roth, M. M., Weilbacher, P. M., ... Castro, N., Micheva, G., 2023
Astronomy and Astrophysics, 671, A142; published March 2023
Martens, S., ... Krajnović, D., ... Weilbacher, P. M., 2023
Astronomy and Astrophysics, 671, A106; published March 2023
Participating AIP sections and groups: Galaxies and Quasars, 3D and Multi Object Spectroscopy
Bacon, R., ... Wendt, M., ... Weilbacher, P. M., Krajnović, D., ... Roth, M., ... Steinmetz, M., ... Urrutia, T., ... Wisotzki, L., ..., 2023
Astronomy and Astrophysics, 670, A4; published February 2023
Micheva, G., Roth, M. M., Weilbacher, P. M., ... Castro, N., ... Soemitro, A. A., ... Steinmetz, M., ..., 2022
Astronomy and Astrophysics, 668, A74; published December 2022