We form the Max Planck Partner Group on Galactic Centre Astrophysics, which studies gas and stellar dynamics in the central region of our Galaxy and other galactic nuclei. We focus on the stellar wind interactions and their role in feeding Sgr A*, on the feedback of the accretion process, and on the stability of gas clouds and rings.
Super-massive black hole binaries form in the aftermath of galaxy mergers. We model the dynamics of the gaseous discs that form around the binaries, calculate how their orbits are modified by the gas presence, and predict observational signatures. We are also interested in the dynamics and observability of the gas that follows the late stages of the binary evolution, when the black holes emit gravitational waves and finally coalesce.
We study the formation and dynamics of the Solar system and exoplanetary systems, from their birth to their late evolution. We study in particular interactions between planets and discs, from early stages in gas-rich protoplanetary discs to late stages when planets interact with debris discs. We are also interested in the growth, dynamics, and observability of dust grains in proto-planetary discs.
Associate ProfessorGas and stellar dynamics in galactic nuclei. Protoplanetary discs. jcuadra(at)astro.puc.cl Find out more
Diego CalderónStellar winds shocks and clump formation
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Camilo FontecillaBlack holes and circumbinary discs
Postdoctoral Researcher (2011-14; 2017).
He then took on a postdoctoral position at Universidad de Valparaíso, Chile.
Postdoctoral Researcher (2014-17).
She then took on a postdoctoral position at JPL's Exoplanet Discovery Group, Pasadena, USA.
Postdoctoral Researcher (2015-16).
He then took on an Assistant Professorship at KIAA and the Dept of Astronomy of Peking University.
Postdoctoral Researcher (2013-15).
He then took on a postdoctoral position at the Jeremiah Horrocks Institute, UCLAN, UK.
Felipe G. Goicovic
He then took on a postdoctoral position at the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies.
He spent one year in our group, as part of the Joint Heidelberg-PUC PhD programme. He then took on a postdoctoral position at the University Observatory Munich.
He then took a PhD fellowship at the University Observatory Munich.
She then got her MSc also at PUC, working part-time in our group, and now is a PhD student at ETH Zürich.
Our group is part of the Institute of Astrophysics at the Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, in Santiago.
MPI für extraterrestrische Physik
Our research on the Galactic Centre is carried out as the Max Planck Partner Group on Galactic Centre Astrophysics, in collaboration with the MPE.
We are part of the Millenium Nucleus on Planet Formation, a joint project involving astronomers and engineers who want to study how planets form and build the instruments to observe that process.
We are also part of the "Centro de Astrofísica y Tecnologías Afines (CATA)", a collaboration of the main Chilean astronomy departments.
- FONDECYT Regular Project "Episodic feeding of accreting objects: from massive black hole growth to planet formation"
- FONDECYT Postdoctoral Project "Dust evolution in protoplanetary disks with complex morphologies"
- FONDECYT Postdoctoral Project "The inner parsec of the Galactic center"
- Basal Grant "Centro de Astrofísica y Tecnologías Afines"
- Becas de Doctorado Nacional