Category Archives: Group Blog

Blog posts by Sera’s group.

Mill for Science

Today was Earth Day but also the day of many Marches for Science across the planet. We did our part here in Amsterdam (see also marchforscience.nl): a group of us from the astronomy department here at University of Amsterdam set … Continue reading

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It’s on now!

The Event Horizon Telescope (see here for a nice article about the project) just triggered it’s first 2017 observation, the first ever with phased ALMA at its core, as well as several other facilities across the globe of the Earth!! … Continue reading

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2D simulation of an accretion disk with jet

Ever watched a black hole launch matter into space? Me neither, but this simulation comes pretty close! The video below is a visualization of a high resolution 2D simulation of the accretion disk of a black hole, made by me … Continue reading

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New brain on the team

Hi, My name is Casper. Besides the usual astrophysics conundrums I’m also interested in how the brain works. Neuroscience is a bit like astrophysics in that we are pretty good in imaging stuff but still limited in our understanding. To … Continue reading

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Black holes 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 … Continue reading

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The first few months

Hi! My name is Adam Ciesielski and I started my PhD at University of Amsterdam a few months ago, in October. This was also a real personal change in my life – it was the first time I really moved … Continue reading

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Space Cowboys

My colleague Adam Ciesielski and I recently returned from a 5-week work visit in (mostly) sunny Austin, Texas. Sera had been awarded the Beatrice Tinsley Centennial Visiting Professorship, permitting her to visit the University of Texas (UT) for a semester, … Continue reading

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Something about our magnetohydrodynamics (MHD) set up for studying black holes’ jets

Hi! I gave recently a small internal talk about the general approach we are adopting to solve the MHD system of equations that describes the structure of a black hole’s jet. I am uploading the slides, so if there is … Continue reading

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Salomé successfully defends!

Just a quick note, Dr. Salomé Dibi successfully defended her thesis (and did a great job!) on 1 July, so that’s the third one out of the nest (who survived me…)! Congratulations!

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Lots o’ great group news!

I keep trying to get the traffic up from my group but it’s hard to remember to post although there is a lot going on (or because there is a lot going on). Anyway, we have some very nice news … Continue reading

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