Frank Bigiel
Prof. Frank Bigiel
  • Argelander-Institut für Astronomie
  • Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences
Research topics
  • Interstellar Medium
  • Star Formation
  • Atomic & Molecular Spectroscopy
  • Radioastronomy
We study the physical and chemical conditions of the interstellar medium (gas and dust) and how they regulate star formation across galaxies over cosmic time. How galaxies form stars and get enriched with heavy elements as the building blocks of planetary systems and eventually life are central questions. An integral part of our work is to understand how spectral line and continuum emission from atoms, molecules and dust grains can be used to address such questions. We use observations from mostly radio astronomical facilities as well as modeling approaches to achieve these goals.
Selected publications

F. Bigiel et al., (2008) The Star Formation Law in Nearby Galaxies on Sub-kpc Scales. Astronomical Journal 136:2846.

F. Bigiel, et al., (2019) EMPIRE: The IRAM 30m Dense Gas Survey of Nearby Galaxies, M.J. Jiménez-Donaire. Astrophysical Journal 880:127.

J.S. den Brok, F. Bigiel, et al., (2022) A CO Isotopologue Line Atlas within the Whirlpool Galaxy Survey (CLAWS). Astronomy & Astrophysics 662:89.

Frank Bigiel
Prof. Frank Bigiel
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