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Dr. Falk Herwig
Post Doctoral Fellow at the University of Victoria

June 11, 2003
University of Victoria, Elliott Building, Room 061

Variable star amateur astronomers have sparked new research activities when they contributed crucial data to what is now the only fast born-again event witnessed in situ. Japanese amateur Sakurai reported the emerging star now known as V4334 Sgr or Sakurai's object. While a lot of research has been related to optical and infrared observational properties, my presentation covers the implications of Sakurai's object for the internal process which lead to the sudden rebirth of this previously extremely faint star. In particular, I show new knowledge about basic, but not well known properties of stellar mixing and nucleo-synthesis.

Falk's Born-Again Giants presentation

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Falk's CV and range of research activities.

Brief Biography:

Falk studies stars -- how they evolve and how their chemistry and structure evolves.  Falk received his Ph.D. in 1998 at the Astrophysikalisches Institut Potsdam and University Kiel, Germany. His thesis was: Evolution of late stages of intermediate mass stars: Mixing processes and their consequence for stellar evolution and nucleosynthesis. His M.Sc. (1994)  thesis was: White dwarfs in open clusters and the initial-final mass relation of stars. Falk is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Victoria, working under Prof. D. A. VandenBerg.

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