In those days spirits were brave, the stakes were high,
men were REAL men, women were REAL women,
and small furry creatures from Alpha Centauri
were REAL small furry creatures from Alpha Centauri.
- Zaphod Beeblebrox -

Dr. rer. nat. Michael Fellhauer

profesor titular / full professor

Theory & Starformation Group

Office 221
Department of Astronomy
University of Concepcion
Casilla 160-C
Concepcion, Chile

e-mail: mfellhauer (at) astro (dash) udec (point) cl

phone : + 56 - (0) 41 - 220 3438
fax : + 56 - (0) 41 - 224 4520

CV and list of publications (ADS)

Research Interests

theoretical and numerical stellar dynamics; in particular:
  • connection between star cluster complexes and faint fuzzy star clusters / ultra-compact dwarf galaxies
  • evolutionary models of the faint and ultra-faint dwarf spheroidal galaxies around the Milky Way
  • dissolving star clusters in a dark matter halo as building blocks for dwarf spheroidal galaxies ( project page)
  • hierarchical formation of young embedded star clusters and their survival of gas-expulsion ( project page)
  • dynamics of star formation


2018 - 1 : Astronomia I / Astrofisica I
2017 - 2 : Sabbatical
2017 - 1 : Astronomia I / Astrofisica I
2016 - 2 : 'Astronomia Teorica Computacional' = Stellar Dynamics
2016 - 2 : 'Seminario de la Astrofisica Teorica'
  • Astronomy 101 - Astronomia I / Astrofisica I
  • Astronomy 102 - Astronomia II / Astrofisica II
  • Stellar Dynamics - "Astronomia Teorica Computacional"
    (I am not responsable for the Spanish name the university uses for my class)
  • Cosmology - Cosmologia
  • Solar System - Sistema Solar
  • Numerical Modelling in Stellar Dynamics - Metodos Numericos
  • Dwarf Galaxies - Galaxias Enanas
  • Celestial Mechanics - Mecanica Celestial

Available Thesis Projects

  • Dwarf Spheroidal Galaxies (dSph):
    • Formation and Evolution of dSph embedded in dark matter haloes
    • Formation and Evolution of faint and ultra-faint dSph without dark matter
    • Connection towards dwarf disc galaxies
  • Faint Fuzzies (FF) and Ultra Compact Dwarf Galaxies (UCD)
    • Formation and Evolution of FFs and UCDs
    • Extending the stellar system regime into compact ellipticals (cE)
  • Formation of young embedded star clusters
    • Models with stellar evolution
    • Models with primordial binary distributions
  • Dynamics in Star Formation
  • and many more...
Just come to my office and ask me!


Diploma in Physics, 1996, University of Heidelberg, Germany
PhD (Dr. rer. nat.) in Astronomy, 2001, University of Heidelberg, Germany

Previous Jobs

Institute for Theoretical Physics and Astrophysics, University of Kiel, Germany
School of Mathematics, University of Edinburgh, UK
UCO/Lick Observatory, University of California at Santa Cruz, USA
Argelander Institute of Astronomy, Univeristy of Bonn, Germany
Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge, UK

Personal Interests

There is a theory which states that if ever anyone discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here,
it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable.
There is another theory which states that this has already happened.
- Douglas Adams -