Heitsch, Fabian
assistant professor


Office: Phillips 292
Email: fheitsch at unc
Phone: (919) 962-3998
Web page: http://www.physics.unc.edu/~fheitsch/


  • University of Münster, B.Sc. Math and Computer Science, 1993
  • University of Bonn, M.Sc. Physics, 1998
  • University of Heidelberg, Ph.D. Physics, 2001
  • 2009-present: Assistant Professor, U. of North Carolina – Chapel Hill
  • 2006-2009: Assistant Research Scientist, U. of Michigan – Ann Arbor
  • 2003-2006: Research Staff Scientist, University Observatory Munich
  • 2001-2003: Research Associate, U. Wisconsin – Madison/U. Colorado – Boulder
For more information, please see https://physics.unc.edu/~fheitsch


Areas of Interest

My research interests range around astrophysical gas dynamics, or “IXM-physics”, where X stands for the letters (S,G,C). Currently, my students and I are working on models of the formation of molecular clouds and stars, the role of high velocity clouds for Galactic evolution, how to translate simulation results to the observational plane, and on some plasma-physics. This involves running numerical simulations on highly parallel machines. For more information, please see https://physics.unc.edu/~fheitsch/research.php

Current and Former Students

  • Christina Haig
  • Brandon Bartell
  • Matthew Goodson
  • Susan Clark (now at Columbia)
  • Ben Ryan (now at Urbana-Champaign)