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Who am I?


I am Professor for Astronomy at and currently the director of the Anton Pannekoek Institute for Astronomy which is part of the Faculty for Natural Sciences of the University of Amsterdam


CV and Publications

CV - Key data

  • Director of the Anton Pannekoek Institute for Astronomy since 2021
  • Full Professor at University of Amsterdam 2014
  • Special Professor at Radboud University 2008-2014
  • Associate Professor 2008
  • Assistant Professor 2003
  • Postdoc at University of Amsterdam, 1999-2003
  • Postdoc at Leiden University, Netherlands, 1995-1999
  • National Research Council Fellow at NASA Ames Research Center 1993-1995
  • PhD 1993, Technical University Berlin

A more detailed CV can be found in this PDF file.


Lists of my publications can be found at the Astrophysics Data System and at Google Scholar.

Current Projects



Nationale Wetenschapsagenda


Here is some out-of-date stuff, needs to be updated.

Planet Formation

Protoplanetary disks

Debris disks



Star and Planet Formation

This is the material from the course I taught in 2018.

- Lecture Slides

Research group

Current group members

Previous group members

  • Dominik Paszun, PhD 2008, has left astronomy and with working as a consultent.
  • Mihkel Kama, PhD 2013, after that Postdocs in Leiden and Cambridge, he is starting as an Lecturer at University College London.
  • Michiel Min, Postdoc and VENI grant holder in Amsterdam and Utrecht until 2015, now leader of the exoplanet group at SRON.
  • Gijs Mulders, PhD 2013, and after Postdoc positions in Tucson and Chicago, he is staring in September 2020 as an Assistent Professor at the Universidad Adolfo Ibanez in Santiago de Chile.
  • Sebastiaan Krijt, PhD 2014 (Leiden, Promotor A. Tielens and C. Dominik), went on to a postdoc at Chicago University, with F. Ciesla, a Hubble fellowship at the University of Arizona. He has now joined the University of Exeter’s Astrophysics group.
  • Rik van Lieshout, PhD 2015, after that he was a postdoc at Cambridge University.
  • Lucas Ellerbroek, Postdoc, then institute manager at the Anton Pannekoek Institute for Astronomy, University of Amsterdam, now research director at eLEAF.
  • Tomas Stolker, PhD student, working on protoplanetary disks in polarized light. He went on to a fellowship at the ETH Zurich and not an assistend professor at Leiden University.
  • Kaustubh Hakim PhD 2018, then postdoc at the University of Bern.
  • Lucia Klarmann, PhD 2018, then postdoc at the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy in Heidelberg, now a data scientist at Heidelberg Cement.
  • Allona Vazan, Postdoc, then Postdoc at the Hebrew University in Israel. Currently she is faculty at the Open University of Israel.
  • Chris Ormel, Vidi laureate, now associate professor at Department of Astronomy at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China
  • Gabriela Muro Arena, PhD student, works now a data scientist.
  • Christian Ginski, Postdoc, works on observations of disks with SPHERE. Currently he is a postdoc at Leiden Universty.
  • Rico Visser, PhD 2022, worked on pebble accretion.
  • Ryo Tazaki, postdoc working on the optical properties of dust aggragates. Now he is a CNES Postdoctral fellow at the Université Grenoble Alpes.

Other stuff

Emacs packages

Here is a list of the Emacs packages I wrote. Most have been integrated into Emacs, the rest is still maintained by me and distributed through MELPA.

Packages that are part of modern Emacs distributions

  • Org-mode - An Emacs mode for notes and projet planning.
  • IDLWAVE - The Emacs modes for editing and running IDL and WAVE CL files. Originally written by Chris Chase. After I did a complete overhaul, J.D. Smith took over.
  • RefTeX - Support for LaTeX Labels, References and Citations with GNU Emacs. RefTeX is now maintained as part of AUCTeX.
  • texmathp.el - checking LaTeX buffers for Math mode.

Packages available through MELPA

MELPA is a source of packages that can be installed in Emacs through the Emacs packaging system. The following packages by me are available there.

  • CDLaTeX - more LaTeX functionality for Emacs, in particular fast templates and optimizes insertion of math symbols. It is available on MELPA.
  • constants.el - An Emacs package for inserting the definition of natural constants and units into a source code buffer, for a number of different programming languages. constants.el is availble on github.
  • mu2tex - Convert ASCII representation of units, numbers and molecule names to LaTeX. This package is available on MELPA.

Other tools

  • OpTool - A command line tool to compute dust opacities. The tool is hosted on GitHub.
  • ads - Constructing Astrophysics Data System (ADS) queries on the command line
  • dirabbrev - Using abbreviations for directories in the shell

Outdated - not sure if these still work

  • mpp - A preprocessor tool for creating MPEG and other movie streams
  • chain - A tool for running a code with different sets of parameters
  • psfixbb - fixing the BoundingBox in postscript files
  • tfmt - A table formatting tool

HP calculators

The SystemRPL entry database and related information. SystemRPL is the internal programming language for HP calculators (HP48 and later).

Author: C. Dominik

Created: 2023-07-10 Mon 07:53