Dr. Sebastian Heinz

Assistant Professor

Astronomy Department

University of Wisconsin-Madison



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Dr. Sebastian Heinz is an assistant professor in the Astronomy department of 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 Brian Morsoni and graduate student Samuel Friedman on the interaction of relativistic jets black holes with their environment (in galaxies and galaxy clusters). He works on the analysis of X-ray emission from black holes and neutron stars with postdoc Dave Pooley and grad student Paul Sell. Further details about his research, a CV, and a publication list can be found by following the links on the navigation panel to the left.

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.

Contact information:

Dr. Sebastian Heinz

Department of Astronomy

University of Wisconsin, Madison

6508 Sterling Hall

475 N. Charter Rd.

Madison, WI 53707

phone: (608) 890-1459

E-mail: heinz at astro dot wisc dot edu  (replace “ at ” with @ and “ dot ” with .)