Aleks Scholz
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Group members

  • postdoc Paula Teixeira (2018-, St Andrews): Research Fellow in Star and Planet Formation (funded by Science & Technology Facilities Council)
  • PhD student Sam Pearson (2018-, St Andrews): thesis project 'Brown dwarfs in star forming regions' (funded by Science & Technology Facilities Council)
  • PhD student Tatiana Pavlidou (2018-, St Andrews): thesis project 'Star formation in the Perseus cloud' (funded by Science & Technology Facilities Council)
  • PhD student Inna Bozhinova (2013-2017, St Andrews): thesis project 'Time domain observations of young stars' (funded by the Science & Technology Facilities Council), finished August 2017
  • PhD student Donna Rodgers-Lee (2012-2017, DIAS): thesis project 'Protoplanetary disks' (co-supervised, main supervisor Turlough Downes, Dublin), finished March 2017
  • PhD student Laura Rigon (2011-2015, St Andrews): thesis project 'Multiwavelength studies of disks' (co-supervised by Peter Woitke / St Andrews and Jane Greaves / St Andrews), finished December 2015
  • PhD student Paul Dawson (2010-2014, DIAS): thesis project 'Young brown dwarfs and their environment' (funded by a grant from the Science Foundation Ireland), finished April 2014
  • PhD student Grainne Costigan (2009-2013, DIAS): thesis project 'Accretion variability in young stellar objects' (Lindsey scholarship, co-supervised by Jorick Vink / Armagh Observatory and Leonardo Testi / ESO Garching), finished October 2013

Research topics

  • Formation of stars, brown dwarfs, and planets
  • The infancy of stars: accretion, disks, and outflows
  • Angular momentum as a fundamental property of stars
  • Stellar and substellar atmospheres: spots, clouds, flares
  • Magnetic activity, disks, and their influence on stellar rotation
  • The inventory of open clusters and star forming regions
  • Variability as a tool to study stellar properties
  • History and philosophy of astronomy
see list of publications and other writings

Some sort of research

Group meetings

Currently every Monday, 1pm, in room 330.

List of papers we have discussed:
  • The role of molecular filaments in the origin of the prestellar core mass function and stellar initial mass function, arxiv
  • Distances and Kinematics of Gould Belt Star-Forming Regions with Gaia DR2 results, arxiv
  • Evaluation of nearby young moving groups based on unsupervised machine learning, arxiv
  • Hunting for Brown Dwarfs in the Globular Cluster M4: 2nd epoch HST NIR observations, arxiv