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Research Articles

Parker RJ, T Lichtenberg, M Patel, CKM Polius, M Ridsdill-Smith. Short-lived radioisotope enrichment in star-forming regions from stellar winds and supernovae. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (2023). pdf

Janson M, J Patel, SC Ringqvist, C Lu, I Rebollido, T Lichtenberg, A Brandeker, D Angerhausen, L Noack. Imaging of exocomets with infrared interferometry. Astronomy & Astrophysics (2023). pdf

Stammler SM, T Lichtenberg, J Drążkowska, T BirnstielLeaky dust traps: How fragmentation impacts dust filtering by planets. Astronomy & Astrophysics Letters (2023). pdf


Bonsor A, T Lichtenberg, J Drążkowska, AM BuchanRapid formation of exoplanetesimals revealed by white dwarfs. Nature Astronomy 7, 39–48 (2023). pdf, article


Graham RJ, T Lichtenberg, RT Pierrehumbert. CO2 ocean bistability on terrestrial exoplanets. Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets 127, 2022JE007456 (2022). videopdf

Lichtenberg T, MS Clement. Reduced late bombardment on rocky exoplanets around M-dwarfs. The Astrophysical Journal Letters 938, L3 (2022). video, pdf

Curry A, A Bonsor, T Lichtenberg, O Shorttle. Prevalence of short-lived radioactive isotopes across exoplanetary systems inferred from polluted white dwarfs. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 515, 395–406 (2022). pdf

Dannert F et al. (incl. TLLarge Interferometer For Exoplanets (LIFE): II. Signal simulation, signal extraction and fundamental exoplanet parameters from single epoch observations. Astronomy & Astrophysics 664, A22 (2022). pdf

Quanz SP et al. (incl. TLLarge Interferometer For Exoplanets (LIFE): I. Improved exoplanet detection yield estimates for a large mid-infrared space-interferometer mission. Astronomy & Astrophysics 664, A21 (2022). pdf, video, news

Jin Z, M Bose, T Lichtenberg, GD Mulders. New evidence for wet accretion of inner solar system planetesimals from meteorites Chelyabinsk and Benenitra. The Planetary Science Journal 2, 244 (2021). pdf

Tsai S-M, H Innes, T Lichtenberg, J Taylor, M Malik, K Chubb, RT Pierrehumbert. Inferring Shallow Surfaces on sub-Neptune Exoplanets with JWST. The Astrophysical Journal Letters 922, L27 (2021). pdf 

Dorn C, T LichtenbergHidden water in magma ocean exoplanets. The Astrophysical Journal Letters 922, L4 (2021). pdf, video

Graham RJ, T Lichtenberg, R Boukrouche, RT Pierrehumbert. A multispecies pseudoadiabat for simulating condensable-rich exoplanet atmospheres. The Planetary Science Journal 2, 207 (2021). pdf, video

Boukrouche R, T Lichtenberg, RT Pierrehumbert. Beyond runaway: initiation of the post-runaway greenhouse state on rocky exoplanets. The Astrophysical Journal 919, 130 (2021). pdf, video

Lichtenberg TRedox hysteresis of super-Earth exoplanets from magma ocean circulation. The Astrophysical Journal Letters 914, L4 (2021).  pdf, video, blog

Lichtenberg T, S Krijt. System-level fractionation of carbon from disk and planetesimal processing. The Astrophysical Journal Letters 913, L20 (2021). pdf, video, blog

Meier TG, DJ Bower, T Lichtenberg, PJ Tackley, B-O Demory. Hemispheric Tectonics on super-Earth LHS 3844b. The Astrophysical Journal Letters 908, L48 (2021). pdf, video, blog 

Lichtenberg T, DJ Bower, M Hammond, R Boukrouche, P Sanan, S-M Tsai, RT Pierrehumbert. Vertically resolved magma ocean-protoatmosphere evolution: H2, H2O, CO2, CH4, CO, O2, and N2 as primary absorbers. Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets 126, e2020JE006711 (2021). pdf, video, blog   

Lichtenberg T, J Drążkowska, M Schönbächler, GJ Golabek, TO Hands. Bifurcation of planetary building blocks during Solar System formation. Science 371, 365–370 (2021). pdf, video, blog   

Lichtenberg T, GJ Golabek, R Burn, MR Meyer, Y Alibert, TV Gerya, CA Mordasini. A water budget dichotomy of rocky protoplanets from 26Al-heating. Nature Astronomy 3, 307–313 (2019). pdf, blog 

Lichtenberg T, T Keller, RF Katz, GJ Golabek, TV Gerya. Magma ascent in planetesimals: control by grain size. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 507, 154–165 (2019). pdf, video, blog  

Bonati I, T Lichtenberg, DJ Bower, ML Timpe, SP Quanz. Direct imaging of molten protoplanets in nearby young stellar associations. Astronomy & Astrophysics 621, A125 (2019). pdfblog 

Hunt AC, DL Cook, T Lichtenberg, PM Reger, M Ek, GJ Golabek, M Schönbächler. Late metal–silicate separation on the IAB parent asteroid: Constraints from combined W and Pt isotopes and thermal modelling. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 482, 490-500 (2018). pdf

Lichtenberg T, GJ Golabek, CP Dullemond, M Schönbächler, TV Gerya, MR Meyer. Impact splash chondrule formation during planetesimal recycling. Icarus 302, 27–43 (2018). pdf, blog 

Parker RJ, T Lichtenberg, SP Quanz. Was Planet 9 captured in the Sun's natal star-forming region? Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society: Letters 472, L75–L79 (2017). pdf

Lichtenberg T, RJ Parker, MR Meyer. Isotopic enrichment of forming planetary systems from supernova pollution. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 462, 3979–3992 (2016). pdf, video, blog  

Lichtenberg T, GJ Golabek, TV Gerya, MR Meyer. The effects of short-lived radionuclides and porosity on the early thermo-mechanical evolution of planetesimals. Icarus 274, 350–365 (2016). pdf, video, blog  

Lichtenberg T & DRG Schleicher. Modeling gravitational instabilities in self-gravitating protoplanetary disks with adaptive mesh refinement techniques. Astronomy & Astrophysics 579, A32 (2015). pdf, video 


Lichtenberg T, LK Schaefer, M Nakajima, R Fischer. Geophysical Evolution During Rocky Planet Formation. Protostars and Planets VII (2023). pdf

White Papers

Meadows V et al. (incl. TLCommunity Report from the Biosignatures Standards of Evidence Workshop. Workshop Report (2022). pdf


Helled R et al. (incl. TLAriel Planetary Interiors White Paper. Experimental Astronomy 53, 323-356 (2022). pdf


Tinetti G et al. (incl. TLAriel: Enabling planetary science across light-years. ESA Ariel Definition Study Report (2021). pdf

Quanz SP et al. (incl. TLAtmospheric characterization of terrestrial exoplanets in the mid-infared: biosignatures, habitability & diversity. ESA Voyage 2050 White Paper (2019). pdf

Line M et al. (incl. TLThe Importance of Thermal Emission Spectroscopy for Understanding Terrestrial Exoplanets. Astro2020: Decadal Survey on Astronomy and Astrophysics, BAAS, 51, 3, 271 (2019). pdf

Lyra W et al. (incl. TLPlanet formation — The case for large efforts on the computational side. Astro2020: Decadal Survey on Astronomy and Astrophysics, BAAS, 51, 3, 271 (2019). pdf

Khullar G et al. (incl. TLAstrobites as a Community-led Model for Education, Science Communication, and Accessibility in Astrophysics. Astro2020: Decadal Survey on Astronomy and Astrophysics, BAAS, 51, 7, 230 (2019). pdf


Tim LichtenbergThermal Evolution of Forming Planets: Isotope Enrichment, Differentiation & Volatile Retention. ETH Zurich, ETH Zurich, Switzerland (05/2018). pdf 

Tim LichtenbergModeling gravitational instabilities in compact and massive protoplanetary disks with adaptive mesh refinement techniques. M.Sc. Physics, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Germany (2014). pdf

Tim LichtenbergConstraining Exoplanet Characteristics with Asteroseismology. B.Sc. Physics, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Germany (2012). pdf

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