The Danish Council for Independent Research (DFF) has awarded a grant of DKK 5.4 million from the Sapere Aude programme to Associate Professor Simon Albrecht, Department of Physics and Astronomy.
Associate Professor Albrecht is an astrophysicist and he carries out research into properties of stellar and planetary orbits. His project – Spin-Orbit Alignment in Binary Star Systems – will take systematic measurements of two different groups of binary star systems, some with very elliptical orbits and others where the binary stars are far apart.
The results of the study will help to choose between competing theories on the formation and development of stars and planets. This will eventually contribute to an understanding of how life could develop, because the physical conditions in the different stellar systems are very different and not all of them meet the requirements that are expected to apply for life to exist.
Associate Professor Albrecht was born and grew up in Germany, and he was appointed to a position at Aarhus University in 2014.