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About Me

I am currently a PhD student in astronomy at Heidelberg University, Germany. I am part of the disk and planet research team of Prof. Dr. Thomas Henning at the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy (MPIA), as well as of the planet formation group at the Institute of Theoretical Astrophysics (ITA) led by Prof. Dr. Cornelis Dullemond. My main research interests are in the field of protoplanetary disks and planet formation. In my PhD I focus on radiative transfer modeling of transition disks, a powerful tool to directly link simulation results to current telescope observations at various wavelengths. I am especially interested in hydrodynamical simulations of planet-disk interactions, and the comparison to ring structures and non-axisymmetric features seen in recent polarized light and thermal emission data. Furthermore, I work on millimeter polarization in the context of dust self-scattering, a new idea helping us to constrain the grain size distribution in disks.

I am a fellow of the International Max Planck Research School for Astronomy and Cosmic Physics at Heidelberg University (IMPRS-HD) and hold a Reimar-Lüst-Fellowship from the Max Planck Society.


Ruprecht-Karls-University, Heidelberg, Germany

PhD in Astronomy 2014 - today

Member of IMPRS-HD
Reimar-Lüst-Fellow of the Max Planck Society
Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Cornelis Dullemond, Prof. Dr. Thomas Henning

Master of Science in Physics 2011 - 2014

Master's thesis: 'Radiative Transfer Models of Non-axisymmetric Protoplanetary Disks'
Institute of Theoretical Astrophysics, Heidelberg, Germany
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Cornelis Dullemond

Bachelor of Science in Physics 2008 - 2011

Bachelor's thesis: 'Outflows of Brown Dwarfs'
Max-Planck-Institute for Astronomy, Heidelberg, Germany
Supervisor: PD Dr. Viki Joergens

Max-Planck-Gymnasium, Saarlouis, Germany

Abitur 2008

Focus subjects: Mathematics, Physics, Politics
Further examination subject: French


    Protoplanetary Disks
  • New constraints on the disk characteristics and companion candidates around T Cha with VLT/SPHERE
    A. Pohl; E. Sissa; M. Langlois; A. Mueller; C. Ginski; R. G. van Holstein; (+31 co-authors)
    A&A (2017), accepted for publication
  • The evolution of protoplanetary disks from their taxonomy in scattered light: Group I vs Group II
    A. Garufi; G. Meeus; M. Benisty; S. Quanz; A. Banzatti; M. Kama; H. Canovas; C. Eiroa; H. M. Schmid; T. Stolker; A. Pohl; E. Rigliaco; F. Menard; M. Meyer; R. van Boekel; C. Dominik
    A&A (2017), in press
  • Testing giant planet formation in the transitional disk of SAO 206462 using deep VLT/SPHERE imaging
    A.-L. Maire; T. Stolker; S. Messina; A. Mueller; B. Biller; T. Currie; C. Dominik; A. Boccaletti; M. Bonnefoy; G. Chauvin; R. Galicher; M. Millward; A. Pohl; W. Brandner; Th. Henning; A.-M. Lagrange; M. Langlois; (+27 co-authors)
    A&A (2017), in press
  • Three Radial Gaps in the Disk of TW Hydrae Imaged with SPHERE
    R. van Boekel et al. (+26 co-authors, including A. Pohl)
    ApJ (2017), 837, 132
  • Shadows and spirals in the protoplanetary disk HD 100453
    M. Benisty; T. Stolker; A. Pohl; J. de Boer; G. Lesur; C. Dominik; C. P. Dullemond; M. Langlois; M. Min; K. Wagner; Th. Henning; (+39 co-authors)
    A&A (2017), 597, A42
  • Submillimeter Polarization Observation of the Protoplanetary Disk around HD 142527
    A. Kataoka; T. Tsukagoshi; M. Momose; H. Nagai; T. Muto; C. P. Dullemond; A. Pohl; M. Fukagawa; H. Shibai; T. Hanawa; K. Murakawa
    ApJL (2016), 831, L12
  • Investigating dust trapping in transition disks with millimeter-wave polarization
    A. Pohl; A. Kataoka; P. Pinilla; C. P. Dullemond; Th. Henning; T. Birnstiel
    A&A (2016), 593, A12
  • Scattered light images of spiral arms in marginally gravitationally unstable discs with an embedded planet
    A. Pohl; P. Pinilla; M. Benisty; S. Ataiee; A. Juhasz; C. P. Dullemond; R. Van Boekel; T. Henning
    Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 2015 453 (2): 1768-1778
    doi: 10.1093/mnras/stv1746
  • Spiral arms in scattered light images of protoplanetary discs: are they the signposts of planets?
    A. Juhasz; M. Benisty; A. Pohl; C. P. Dullemond; C. Dominik; S.-J. Paardekooper
    Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 2015 451 (2): 1147-1157
    doi: 10.1093/mnras/stv1045
  • Asymmetric features in the protoplanetary disk MWC 758
    M. Benisty; A. Juhasz; A. Boccaletti; H. Avenhaus; J. Milli; C. Thalmann; C. Dominik; P. Pinilla; E. Buenzli; A. Pohl; J.-L. Beuzit; T. Birnstiel; J. de Boer; M. Bonnefoy; G. Chauvin; V. Christiaens; A. Garufi; C. Grady; T. Henning; N. Huelamo; A. Isella; M. Langlois; F. Ménard; D. Mouillet; J. Olofsson; E. Pantin; C. Pinte; L. Pueyo
    A&A (2015), 578, L6

    Brown Dwarfs
  • The bipolar outflow and disk of the brown dwarf ISO 217
    Joergens, Pohl, Sicilar-Aguilar, Henning
    A&A (2012), 543, A151
  • Discovery of an outflow of the very low-mass star ISO 143
    Joergens V., Kopytova T., Pohl A.
    A&A (2012), 548, A124

Contact Details

Adriana Pohl
Max-Planck-Institute for Astronomy
Königstuhl 17
69117 Heidelberg, Germany

pohl [at]