The group studies the interior dynamics of planets employing large scale computer simulations. The research mainly concentrates on dynamo mechanisms, convection in the rocky mantle of the terrestrial planets, and the flow in the atmospheres of the outer planets.
We simulate the magnetic field generation in the planetary interiors, try to understand how this process works and why the observed planetary magnetic fields are so different.
The convective motion in Earth's and Mars rocky mantle is modeled to explain the different forms of volcanism found on these planets.
We investigate the large scale flows observed on the outer planets in order to understand the particular banded wind systems.