I am an associate professor, working in the field of high energy astrophysics. I work at the Anton Pannekoek Institute at the University of Amsterdam, I am a member of GRAPPA, a center of excellence on Astroparticle Physics, and affiliated with SRON Netherlands Institute of Space Research. I am H.E.S.S. working group leader for supernova remnant and pulsar wind nebula research.

My current research focusses on the question of how efficiently cosmic rays are accelerated by supernova remnant shocks,  but I am also interested in, and have published on, other aspects of supernova remnants, and on isolated neutron stars, magnetars, pulsar wind nebulae, clu
sters of galaxies and AGN. I am active as both an observational (radio, X-rays and γ-rays), and theoretical researcher.

My scientific achievements include: providing first evidence for magnetic field amplification near super-nova remnant shocks; the first detection of 68 keV and 78 keV line emission from radio-active titanium; the discovery of the Si-rich X-ray jets in Cas A; showing that magnetars magnetic fields are not caused by rapid initial rotation. My research has been supported by several grants, among others a NASA Chandra Fellowship (2000) and NWO Vidi fellowship (2006).

I am a science member of the following collaborations: H.E.S.S. (chair of PWNe/SNR working group); CTA; the  X-ray spectroscopy mission XRISM, and the X-ray polarisation mission IXPE.

Research group members

Rachel Simoni (PhD student)

Vladimir Domcek (PhD student)

Dmitry Prokhov (postdoc)

Lei Sun (PhD student)

Past group members

Dr Maria Arias

Dr Sjors Broersen

Dr Alexandros Chiotellis

Dr Eveline Helder

Dr Daria Kosenko

Dr Klara Schure

Dr Ping Zhou

PhD theses supervised

Klara Schure, Supernova remnants as particle accelerators and probes of the circumstellar medium (6/2010)

Eveline Helder, Cosmic-ray acceleration in supernova remnants (9/2010)

Alexandro Chiotellis, The interaction of Type Ia supernovae with their circumstellar medium (16/12/2013)

Sjors Broersen, X-ray spectral analysis of non-equilibrium plasmas in supernova remnants (10/9/2014)

Maria Arias, Radio observations of galactic supernova remnants


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Soon to be published:

Physics and Evolution of Supernova Remnants

Proud to announce that my textbook on Physics and Evolution of Supernova Remnants will be released as part of Springer's Astronomy and Astrophysics Library this December!

Apart from supernova remnants is also contains chapters on pulsar wind nebulae and cosmic rays.

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