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Peter Woitke


Peter Woitke
Postal address:
School of Physics & Astronomy
Physical Science Building
North Haugh
St Andrews
United Kingdom


Direct phone: +44 (0)1334 461681

Research overview

I am working in the field of star and planet formation with emphasis on modelling protoplanetary discs, the birth-places of planets. The modelling includes 2D dust continuum radiative transfer, gas phase, UV-photo and Xray-chemistry, ice formation, heating & cooling balance, and the consistent computation of the vertical hydrostatic structure of the disc.  Based on these models, various line and continuum observations can be simulated, and I have experience with the interpretation of observational data from e.g. HERSCHEL and ALMA, to mention a few.

I am the PI of a 2-million-Euro FP7 SPACE collaborative project DIANA (DIsc ANAlysis) managing a team of 14 European scientists in 5 European countries . Our aims are to collect multi-wavelength observational datasets for protoplanetary discs, from X-ray to cm, and to analyse and interpret these data on the basis of the disc models, to learn more about the physical and chemical structure of the places where planets form.


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