Sebastian Heinz

Fluno Bascom Professor, Department Chair

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Office: 4506 Sterling Hall

Research Interests:

High energy astrophysics and the astrophysical application of computational fluid mechanics in the context of cosmic structure formation and flows in the vicinity of compact objects.


Dr. Sebastian Heinz is a professor in the Astronomy department at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. His research focuses on the observable properties of black holes and the impact growing black holes have on their environment and the universe at large, using a combination of analytic and computational methods. Other research areas of interest include the growth and evolution of cosmic large scale structure and the development of numerical techniques to study astrophysical fluids and plasmas.

He is currently working with his postdoc (and future NSF postdoctoral fellow) Brian Morsony and graduate students Paul Sell and DooSoo Yoon on the interaction of relativistic jets from black holes with their environment (in galaxies and galaxy clusters). Other work includes modeling of jets from X-ray binaries.

Before joining the faculty at the University of Wisconsin, Dr. Sebastian Heinz was a Chandra postdoctoral fellow at MIT, working in the Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research and a postdoctoral fellow at the Max-Planck-Institute for Astrophysics in Garching, Germany for three years (2000-2003). He received his Ph.D. in 2000 at the Astrophysics and Planetary Science Department at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Research news: Follow our recent NASA, Chandra, and UW press release on a giant Circinus X-1 X-ray light echo.

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