Almudena Arcones

Almudena Arcones

Room S2|11 105
+49 6151 16 21547

ORCID iD 0000-0002-6995-3032


  • Core-collapse supernovae and neutrino-driven winds
  • Nucleosynthesis of heavy elements and the impact of nuclear physics
  • Astrophysical sites of the r-process: supernovae vs. neutron star mergers
  • Lighter heavy elements from Sr to Ag: site, nuclear physics uncertainties and observational constraints


Academic CV

since 2016:
Associate Professor for Theoretical Astrophysics, Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany
Assistant Professor for Theoretical Astrophysics, Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany
Helmholtz Young Investigator Group Leader (tenure track), Technische Universität Darmstadt and GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung, Darmstadt, Germany
Postdoctoral Fellow (SNF) and Feodor Lynen Postdoctoral Fellowship, Theoretical Astro-, Nuclear-, and Particle Physics Group, Department of Physics, University of Basel, Switzerland
Postdoctoral Fellow, Theory Division, GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung and Institut für Kernphysik (SFB 634), Technische Universität Darmstadt
PhD thesis, Max Planck Institut für Astrophysik, Thesis advisor: H.-Th. Janka

Honors and Awards

APS Fellow
ERC Starting Grant, "The origin of heavy elements: a nuclear physics and astrophysics challenge (EUROPIUM)"
Helmholtz Young Investigator Group Award
Feodor Lynen Postdoctoral Fellowship (Alexander von Humboldt Foundation), University of Basel, Switzerland
International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS) Fellowship, Max Planck Institut fur Astrophysik, Garching, Germany
Erasmus Scholarship, Technische Universität München, Germany

Organization of Seminars and Workshops

  • Co-Organizer, Conference, "Nuclear Physics in Astrophysics IX", with R. Reifarth, K. Blaum, and Y. Litivnov, Sept. 15 - 20, 2019
  • Organizer, Conference, "Nuclear Astrophysics session at Nuclear Chemistry Gordon Research Conference", with H. Schatz and N. Alahari, June 16 - 21, 2019
  • International Advisory Committee, International Nuclear Physics Conference (INPC), July 29 - August 2, 2019
  • Co-Organizer, Workshop, “Microphysics in computational relativistic astrophysics (MICRA)”, with A. Brandenburg, Sean Couch, Francois Foucart, Carla Fröhlich, Kenta Kiuchi, Eric Lentz, Bronson Messer, Luke Roberts , July 17 - 21, 2017
  • Scientific Advisory Committee, Workshop, “Forging Connections: From Nuclei to the Cosmic Web a JINA-CEE workshop”, with Brian O'Shea et. al. June 26 - 29, 2017
  • Co-Organizer, Workshop, “Neutron star mergers: From gravitational waves to nucleosynthesis”, with Hans Feldmeier, Gabriel Martínez-Pinedo, Thomas Neff, Robert Roth, Achim Schwenk , Jan. 15 - 21, 2017
  • Co-Organizer, Workshop, “Microphysics in computational relativistic astrophysics (MICRA)”, with A. Brandenburg, C. Fröhlich, C. Ott, C. Pethick, J. Read, S. Rosswog, and L. Tolos, Aug. 17 - 21, 2015
  • Lead Organizer, Institute for Nuclear Theory (INT) Program on “Nucleosynthesis and chemical evolution: recent progress and future directions”, with W. Aoki, J. Dalcanton, F. Montes, and Y.-Z. Qian, July, 28 - August 29, 2014
  • Co-Organizer, Institute for Nuclear Theory (INT) Workshop on “The r-process: status and challenges”, with Y.-Z. Qian and S. Reddy, July, 28 - August 1, 2014
  • Co-Organizer, ECT* Workshop: “Microphysics in computational relativistic astrophysics (MICRA)”, with F. Galleazi, H.-Th. Janka, and C. D. Ott, Sept. 23 - 27, 2013 4
  • Lead Organizer, 530. WE-Heraeus-Seminar: “Nuclear masses and nucleosynthesis”, with G. F. Bertsch and K. Blaum, April 23 - 26, 2013
  • Co-Organizer, Joint Nuclear Astrophysics Seminar, with I. Dillmann and C.J. Hansen, Darmstadt-Frankfurt-Mainz-Giessen-Heidelberg, monthly, since Nov. 2012
  • Co-Organizer, Theory Seminar, Institut für Kernphysik, TU Darmstadt, since Feb. 2012
  • Co-Organizer, Workshop “FAIRness 2012: FAIR NExt generation ScientistS”, with M. Bleicher, T. Galatyuk, D. Nicmorus, H. Petersen, C. Ratti, and L. Tolos, Sept. 3 - 7, 2012
  • Lead Organizer, First EMMI/JINA Workshop on “Nucleosynthesis beyond iron and the lighter element primary process”, with F. Montes, M. Pignatari and C. Sneden, Oct. 10 - 12, 2011
  • Co-Organizer, Theory Seminar, Theory Division, GSI, 2008 - 2009


Dec. 2, 2020
“Wenn Neutronensterne verschmelzen”, Talk, Physikalischen Verein, Frankfurt, Germany (zoom)
Nov. 21, 2020
“Supernovae und Neutronsternverschmelzung”, Talk, Saturday Morning Physics, TU Darmstadt, Germany (zoom)
Oct. 24, 2020
“Wie macht man Silver und Gold in Sterne?”, Talk, Astroseminar and der WWU, Munster (zoom)
March, 2020:
“Der Stern der Weisen”, Article, Physik Journal, 03, 31 (2020)
“Explosive Produktion von Gold in Universum”, Talk, Darmstadt observatory (Volkssternwarte Darmstadt), Germany
“Supernovae und Neutronsternverschmelzung”, Talk, Saturday Morning Physics, TU Darmstadt
“Wo entstehen die Elemente im Universum?” Talk, EXOMARS Landing: Special Event at TU Darmstadt, Germany
“Entstehung der schweren Elemente in Supernovae und Kollisionen von Neutronensternen” Talk, “Was steckt da hinter?”, TU Darmstadt, Germany
“Schwere Elemente entstehen in Supernovae oder Neutronenstern-Verschmelzungen”, Talk, Darmstadt observatory (Volkssternwarte Darmstadt), Germany
“Supernovae und die Entstehung der Elemente”, Talk, Astro-Workshop-Wochenende, Deutsches Jungforschernetzwerk, Heidelberg, Germany
“Schwarze Löcher in der Klingelbergstrasse”, Science Slam der Universität Basel, 3rd prize, Theater Basel, Switzerland
“El origen de los elementos en la muerte de las estrellas”, General talk, Rotary Club, Madrid, Spain

Professional Services

  • Member, Scientific Board, European Centre for Theoretical Studies in Nuclear Physics and Related Areas (ECT*) (2021 - 2024)
  • Member, Advisory Board (Beirat), DPG division of hadron and nuclear physics (DPG Fachverband Hadronen un Kerne) (2021 - 2023)
  • Member, Editorial Board, Journal of Physics G (2021 - 2024)
  • PI, Cluster Project ELEMENTS of state of Hessen (2021 - 2025)
  • Member, Helmholtz Graduate School HGS-HIRe Management Board (2020 - 2025)
  • PI, Helmholtz-Forschungsakademie Hessen für FAIR (HFHF) (2020)
  • Member, International Advisory committee, NSF Physics Frontier Center N3AS (Network for neutrinos, nuclear astrophysics, and symmetries) (2021-2024)
  • Board Member, TALENT (2019 - 2025)
  • Chair Bethe Prize selection committee (2019)
  • Vice Chair Bethe Prize selection committee (2018)
  • Member Scientific Committee, Laboratori Nazionali del Gran Sasso, Italy (2018 - 2020)
  • Guest Editor, J. Phys. G Special Issue: Focus on microphysics in core-collapse supernovae: 30 years since SN1987A
  • PI Sonderforschungsbereich 1245 (2016 - 2023)
  • PI BMBF FAIR-NUSTAR: NuSTAR.DA (2015 - 2018)
  • Management Committee reserve member for Germany, EU COST Action CA16214 PHAROS
  • Board Member, International Collaborations in Nuclear Theory (ICNT), National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory, East Lansing, MI, USA
  • Reviewer for US Department of Energy (Early career award and regular program), GIF (German- Israel Foundation for scientific research and development), DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service)
  • Co-author of the White paper on Nuclear Astrophysics (2014) for the Nuclear Science Advisory Committee Long Range Plan (NSAC LRP)
  • Referee for The Astrophysical Journal, Astronomy and Astrophysics, Nature Communications, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, European Physical Journal A, Journal of Physics G, Journal of Physics, and Proceedings of Science
  • Women’s representative, Physics Department, TU Darmstadt (2015 - 2017)
  • Representative of students, University Assembly, Universidad Complutense de Madrid (2001 - 2002)

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