Marcel Neeleman

About me

I am a postdoctoral reasearcher at the Max Planck Intsitute for Astronomy in Heidelberg, Germany. My research focuses on some of the most distant observable objects in the universe, quasars. The light that left these quasars (sometimes more than 10 billion years ago) gets absorbed as it travels towards us by neutral hydrogen 'clouds', creating what is known as the Lyman-α forest. The largest absorbers are known as damped Lyman-α systems (DLAs), and these systems have been the main focus of my previous and current research. By studying these systems, we can begin to understand how galaxies like our Milky Way formed and evolved when the universe was just a couple of billion years old. Recently, I have also started exploring the galaxies that host the quasars. These systems provide insight into how the most massive galaxies in our universe formed and evolved. For more on my research please look at my research section.