Anton Pannekoek Institute for Astronomy
University of Amsterdam
Science Park 904, rm. C4.115
1098 XH Amsterdam, Netherlands
T +31 20 525 7478/7491
I work at the interface of Astrophysics and Astroparticle Physics, and am interested in a variety of problems relating to the accretion process especially around black holes, both big and small.
As of January 2015 I ended my stint as Director of the Master’s Program in Astronomy & Astrophysics (2011-2014).
Sometimes people ask if black holes work like a vacuum cleaner, which can empty the whole universe, starting with the surrounding stars. We know that it is not true: the gravitation works roughly in the same way for solar-mass black hole and the Sun (talking about the space above solar radius from the black hole). The black … Continue reading →
I was thrilled to find out last week (around the time of the big Gravitational Wave detection!!) that I was awarded a Vici grant from the Dutch National Research Organization (NWO), basically 1.5 million Euros to hire 3 PhD students and 2 postdocs over the coming 5 years! The title of my proposal was ““From micro- to megascales: understanding how …Read More →