Former MPA-director Rudolf Kippenhahn presented Ákos Bogdan with the prize certificate.
The prize committee, composed of senior scientific members of the institute,
did not have an easy task: Twelve publications were nominated with MPA-students
as first author of a paper submitted to or accepted in a major astronomical
journal in 2009. After narrowing it down to four papers on the short list,
the committee finally accorded the prize to Ákos Bogdan in appreciation
of the comprehensive nature of his investigation, its novel approach and style
of employing simple but physically justified analytical calculations.
In his paper Ákos studies the appearance of the Andromeda galaxy
in X-rays and demonstrates that three main components shape the X-ray
surface brightness of the galaxy: numerous faint unresolved sources
associated with an old stellar population, hot gas and protostars in
star-forming regions, and a galactic scale wind that is driven by supernovae.
Using these observations, Ákos derived important constraints on the
nature and properties on classical novae, a certain type of stellar explosions.
Former director Rudolf Kippenhahn was pleased that the prize bearing
his name was awarded for a topic that he had worked on in his early
scientific life. “The good old classical novae were already an
important topic when we still analysed stars on photographic plates
and tried to do stellar structure computations with the early computers,
which did not have enough memory. Novae are variable and remain variable –
it is nice to see that they still play an important role in astronomy.”
Ákos Bogdan, Marat Gilfanov
“Unresolved X-ray emission in M31 and constraints on progenitors of Classical Novae”
accepted for publication in MNRAS
Preprint available at http://arxiv4.library.cornell.edu/abs/1002.3353