Research & Projects

Main areas of current research:

Atmospheres of planets in the far-infared and submm/mm wavelengths – Theory, Observations & modeling – Atmospheric Remote Sensing –  Radiative transfer

◉ Far-infrared and sub-mm/mmm wavelength studies of small objects in the solar system

 Radio- and (sub)millimeter-wavelength observational techniques

Space based observations and related science on instruments onboard Herschel, Rosetta, JUICE, and coordinated ground-based observations in support of these and other missions.

◉ Data processing, calibration and archiving 

 Emission (sub-mm) from protostars and young stellar objects

Past areas of research:

◉ Globular Clusters as an “age-chronometer” of the Universe

◉ Optics and Fluid mechanics

Professional activities/ Research Programs / Collaborations

◉Member of the Working Group: ARIEL and Solar System synergies. Since 2019

◉ Participating Scientist of the CRyogenic high-resolution InfraRed Echelle Spectrograph (CRIRES)+ consortium

Participating Scientist of the German Research Foundation (DFG) Priority Programme “Exploring the Diversity of Extrasolar Planets” (SPP 1992). Since 2013

◉PI of Project: “The key physical-chemical processes determining the Composition and Temperature of (exo)planetary atmospheres”, funded by the DFG . 2017-2022

Astronomy Co-Investigator, JUICE-SWI (Submillimetre Wave Instrument), of the ESA JUICE mission, since 2008. SWI Documentation and Configuration Management Head. Since 2013. Member of the SWI Science and Instrument boards.

Participating Scientist and National Project Manager of the ESA “Atmospheric Remote‐sensing Infrared Exoplanet Large‐survey” (ARIEL)  M4 Mission. Since 2014

◉Proposer of the White paper in response to the 2020 Planetary Science Decadal Survey: New Frontiers Titan Orbiter.  2021

ISSI international team member "Towards a Self Consistent Model of the Thermal Structure of the Venus Atmosphere". Expert participant. Since 2013

Proposer of the White papers in response to the ESA L2-L3 calls: Planetary Science Infrared Observatory, The Exploration of Titan from an Orbiter and Lake-Probe, The Exploration of Titan and its Seas, In Situ Exploration of Giant Planet Atmospheres. 2013

◉ Participating Scientist of EChO (Exoplanet Characterisation Observatory), ESA Cosmic Vision 2015-2025. 2011-2014

Astronomy Co-Investigator, Herschel-HIFI (Heterodyne Instrument for the Far Infrared), of the ESA Herschel mission. Member of the HIFI Instrument Control Center (ICC): Herschel-HIFI Calibration Scientist. 2008- 2016

Co-Investigator and Member, International Science Team HssO, Herschel Guaranteed Time Key  Program "Water and Related Chemistry in the Solar System", led by P. Hartogh (MPS, Germany). Since 2019

Member, International Science Team “TNOs are Cool”, Herschel open Time Key Programm, led by Th. Müller (MPE, Germany). Since 2010

Member, International Science Team “HCl, HF and H2O+ in comets: probing solar nebula and coma chemistry”, Herschel open Time Programm, led by D. Bockelee-Morvan (LESIA, France). Since 2010

Member, International Science Team “Probing the Enceladus torus with Herschel, Herschel open Time Programm, led by E. Lellouch (LESIA, France). Since 2010

Co-PI, Member, International Science Team “"Probing the extremes of the outer Solar System: short-term variability of the largest, the densest and the most distant TNOs from PACS photometry” Herschel open Time Programm, led by E. Vilenius (MPE, Germany). Since 2010

Member, International Science Team “Confirmation of the first detection of HNC on Titan", Herschel open Time Programm, led by R. Moreno (LESIA, France). Since 2010

Member, International Science Team “Probing the atmospheres of Uranus, Neptune and Titan with CH4 lines”, Herschel open Time Programm, led by R. Moreno (LESIA, France). Since 2010

Member, International Science Team OSIRIS (Optical, Spectroscopic, and Infrared Remote Imaging Sensing) onboard Rosetta spacecraft, led by MPS, Germany. 2006 - 2008

Support the Titan and Saturn future exploration, TSSM, ex TandEM and Titan Explorer, led by LESIA, France. 2009

Proposer member of the Cassini-Huygens Solstice Mission. 2009

Proposer member of Triple F – Comet Sample Return, Cosmic Vision Proposal, led by MPS, Germany. 2009

Proposer member MIMO, Mikrowellen-Instrument für einen Mondorbiter. 2008

Support Investigator (S.I.), ESA VENUS EXPRESS mission on “Ground-based observations of Venus’ mesosphere”. 2008

Member of the observing team pool on the IRAM 30-m telescope during several observing runs bolometer and heterodyne modes for different projects of the astronomical community. 2002

Member of the QUEST project (Quasar Equatorial Survey Team, a collaboration between groups from Yale University, Indiana University, CIDA and Universidad de Los Andes (Mérida, Venezuela). 1998 - 2000.

  © Miriam Rengel 2017