Carsten Dominik is full professor at the University of Amsterdam. He obtained his PhD in 1992 at the Technical University Berlin on the subject of dust-driven winds from Red Giants. After postdoc positions at NASA Ames as an NRC Research Fellow and at Leiden University, he joined the Anton Pannekoek Institute in 1999. Between 2006 and 2014, he held a special professorship at Radboud University in Nijmegen. He is currently PI of a NWO TOP-1 proposal on planet formation in protoplanetary disks. Carsten is responsible for the Astronomy and Astrophysics teaching programme at the UvA.
Carsten studies protoplanetary disks, exoplanets and solar system objects. His goal is to understand the physics of planet formation
processes that are happening in protoplanetary disks, and to link these processes to the planetary system architectures that are currently discovered. He focusses on dust particles in disks that can be observed by high-contrast, high-spatial resolution imaging from visual to submillimeter wavelengths, and studies how these dust grains grow into comets and planets. Carsten teaches the introductory course on Astronomy and Astrophysics in the Bachelor, as well as classes on Star and Planet Formation, and on Exoplanets.
Protoplanetary disks, planet formation, exoplanets,high-contrast imaging, dust.