Welcome to my home-page!!

Klaus-Peter Schr"oder (Dr. habil.) .....or just "Peter" (in english), o simplemente Klaus (en espanol :-)
 

 
 
  " El, que pregunta, es un tonto en su momento - el, que no pregunta, se queda un tonto por toda su vida."
  Konfuzius, ca. 500 BC
 
 
 
  " No creo saber lo que no se." Socrates, ca. 400 BC
 
 
 
  " Keep an open mind, but not so open that your brain falls out! "
  Richard Feynman, 1970ies
 
 

  Click here for the "el TIGRE" project , the Telescopio Internacional de Guanajuato, Robotico-Espectroscopico (formerly the Hamburg Robtic Telescope, HRT), a compact 1.2m RC-optics with high resolution (20.000) two-channel (nearIR to yellow and green to near-UV) echelle-spectrograph HEROS, an international collaboration with the Universities of Hamburg, GER (contact: me) and Liege, BEL (contact: Dr. Philippe Eenens). With this instrumentation my students and I will monitor and study the stellar and solar magnetic activity here in Guanajuato. Other projects include very hot, massive binary stars and near AGNs. We hope to become available direct imaging and low-resolution spectroscopy at the second Nasmyth focus in the near future.
  We also use a well-tested, reliable evolution code, as well as PHOENIX model atmospheres (in collaboration with my colleague Dr. Dennis Jack), both to precisely characterise the stars we observe. Apart from stellar activity, my students and I study giant star's chromospheres (PhD of Mtra Isabel Perez, accomplished), their mass loss (Mtro Juan Luis Verbena, in collaboration with our colleague Dr. Solai Jeyakumar) and evolution (Mtro Santiago Arceo), star clusters and the stellar population of the solar neighbourhood (Steve Dawson, who obtained his PhD here in 2010). Our active external collaborations are with work groups at the german universities of Hamburg, Potsdam and Dresden, the University of Texas at Arlington, the Institute of Astronomy of Sofia, Bulgaria, and further contacts include colleagues in England, France, Germany, Sweden and the US. -
  Inquiries for thesis projects on all levels welcome!
  Find out more about my scientific work here.
 

  Click here for photos of Guanajuato if you want to see how nice it is to live here in central Mexico.
  Click here for a virtual visit of our public university observatory in the centre of Guanajuato (nice photos, too!)
  Tel: 0052 473 732 9548 (FAX: --0253)
 

  Click here for information on our summer project (a CONCyTEG Proyecto de Verano): Observe the Sun yourself and learn about solar activity! (at the DA in Guanajuato, LaValenciana)
 

  If you are interested in my scientific work, please click on:
  a brief description of my scientific work,
  my list of publications,
  and my CV
 
Courses, given at the University of Sussex and, now, in Guanajuato:
  Stellar Structure and Evolution (autumn semesters, for postgrado, held in english at the DA in Guanajuato)
  Heat & Energy (Sussex Foundation Year, Summer Term)
  Math for Physics I (Sussex 1st year, Autumn Term)
  Systems of Particles (Sussex 1st year, Spring Term)
  Practical Astronomy (new from autumn 2006: for 2nd yr licenciatura, under "Temas avancadas de la astrofisica", held at IFUG, Leon): Virtual and real astronomical observations and measurements (photometry, spectroscopy, radio astronomy), and digital imaging of the Sun, the Moon and some planets with a portable telescope on-campus.
  Interstellar Medium (Sussex 2nd year, Summer Term)
  Atomic Physics II and Statistical Physics (Sussex 2nd year, Summer Term)
  Spectroscopic Astrophysics (Sussex 3rd year and postgrad's, Autumn Term)
 

  Astrophotography from Tenerife (DSLR and 10" f/6 Newton)
 

  The total lunar eclipse of Febr. 20/21, 2008
 

  Comet Holmes, 3rd Nov. 3.30am, 2007, from downtown Guanajuato:
 
 
  Composite of 7 exposures of 8secs, at 1600ASA, taken with a Canon EOS DSLR, 7"f/6 MakNewt, from my roof-top terrace in Guanajuato (near Dos Rios). Mild (50%/30pix) unsharp masking.
 

  Total solar eclipse in Turkey, March 29, 2006:
 
 
  Composite picture from 6 exposures 1/2 ... 1/90 sec, DSLR at 200 ASA, with 60/700mm refractor. Image processing: overlay of Sekanina-Larsen mask.
 

 
 
  Spectacular pair: eclipsed Sun over the Apollo temple of Side - however, it has to be admitted: This is not a real shot but a composite picture.
 


  The past Mercury (7.5. 2003) and Venus (8.6. 2004) transits: for my photos of the event, click here (for Mercury) and here (for Venus)!
 

  Last update: 19.12. 2013
Author: Klaus-Peter Schroeder, e-mail to: kps@astro.ugto.mx