Research


My research focuses on connecting astrophysical and geophysical theoretical and numerical approaches in order to achieve a better understanding of the formation and evolution of terrestrial planets. To do this, I make use of N-body and fluid dynamics codes to model the dynamical evolution of young solar-type stars in star-forming environments and the thermo-chemical evolution of terrestrial bodies in young planetary systems. Previously, I have worked on global simulations of protoplanetary disks with large-scale gravitational instabilities and the use of adaptive mesh refinement techniques.

Below, please find a collection of my work, including research articles, poster presentations, and theses.

Projects in progress

Melt migration dynamics in terrestrial planet precursors
with T Keller, GJ Golabek, RF Katz, TV Gerya

Water delivery to planets from degassing planetesimals
with Y Alibert, GJ Golabek, MR Meyer, R Burn, A Thiabaud, TV Gerya

Late-stage core formation and break-up of the IAB parent asteroid body
with AC Hunt, DL Cook, PM Reger, M Ek, GJ Golabek, M Schönbächler

Injection of short-lived radionuclides into the Solar nebula during planetary formation
with RJ Parker, M Lugaro, S Facchini, MR Meyer, M Limongi, A Chieffi

Quantitative predictions for the observability of protoplanetary collisions
with I Bonati, DJ Bower, SP Quanz, M Timpe

Publications

Impact splash chondrule formation during planetesimal recycling    
T Lichtenberg, GJ Golabek, CP Dullemond, M Schönbächler, TV Gerya, MR Meyer
2018, Icarus 302, 27–43
Was Planet 9 captured in the Sun's natal star-forming region?  
RJ Parker, T Lichtenberg, SP Quanz
2017, MNRAS Letters 472, L75–L79
Isotopic enrichment of forming planetary systems from supernova pollution      
T Lichtenberg, RJ Parker, MR Meyer
2016, MNRAS 462, 3979–3992
The effects of short-lived radionuclides and porosity on the early thermo-mechanical evolution of planetesimals      
T Lichtenberg, GJ Golabek, TV Gerya, MR Meyer
2016, Icarus 274, 350–365
Modeling gravitational instabilities in self-gravitating protoplanetary disks with AMR techniques    
T Lichtenberg & DRG Schleicher
2015, A&A 579, A32

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Conference Talks

Gordon Research Seminar – Origins of Solar Systems South Hadley, USA    06/2017
Accretion, Differentiation and Early Evolution of the Terrestrial Planets Nice, F    05/2017
Chondrules and the Protoplanetary Disk London, UK    02/2017
Formation of the Solar System and the origin of life Leiden, NL    02/2017
Winter school 'Chronology of the Formation of the Solar System VI' Les Houches, FRA    02/2017
New Directions in Planet Formation Leiden, NL    07/2016
Sant Cugat Forum on Astrophysics Sant Cugat, E    04/2016
Planet Formation and Evolution 2016 Duisburg-Essen, DE    03/2016
PlanetS General Assembly 2016 Grindelwald, CH    01/2016
The Delivery of Water to Proto-planets, Planets and Satellites Bern, CH    01/2016

Seminar Talks

Stanford University, Department of Earth Sciences Stanford, USA    10/2017
University of Sheffield, Department of Physics & Astronomy Sheffield, UK    08/2017
University of Oxford, Department of Earth Sciences Oxford, UK    07/2017
University of Bern, Center for Space and Habitability Bern, CH    06/2017
Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Konkoly Observatory Budapest, HUN    03/2017
ETH Zürich, Institute of Geophysics Zürich, CH    02/2017
University of Copenhagen, Centre for Star and Planet Formation Copenhagen, DK    02/2017
Liverpool John Moores University, Astrophysics Research Institute Liverpool, UK    07/2016
University of Oxford, Department of Earth Sciences Oxford, UK    06/2016
ETH Zürich, Institute of Geophysics Zürich, CH    12/2015

Poster Presentations

The Origins of Volatiles in Habitable Planets Ann Arbor, USA    10/2017
Planet Formation and Evolution 2017 Jena, DE    09/2017
Gordon Research Conference – Origins of Solar Systems South Hadley, USA    06/2017
German-Swiss Geodynamics workshop Lichtenfels, D    08/2016
Origin and Evolution of Plate Tectonics Ascona, CH    07/2016
Exoplanets I Davos, CH    07/2016
PlanetS site visit, Geneva Observatory Geneva, CH    05/2016
Gordon Research Conference – Origins of Solar Systems South Hadley, USA    07/2015
PlanetS General Assembly 2015 Anzere, CH    01/2015
Planet Formation and Evolution 2014 Kiel, DE    09/2014

Theses

Modeling gravitational instabilities in compact and massive protoplanetary disks with AMR techniques, Master’s thesis, Göttingen University 07/2014
Constraining Exoplanet Characteristics with Asteroseismology, Bachelor’s thesis, Göttingen University 08/2012

My work is supported by