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 and I am a member of GRAPPA, a center of excellence on Astroparticle Physics.

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, clusters 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).

Currently I am a member of the H.E.S.S. collaboration operating the ground-based H.E.S.S. Imaging Cherenkov Telescope in Namibia, the CTA Consortium, building the future Cherenkov Telescope Array, and I am member of the Galactic Science Working Group of the LOFAR Surveys Key Science Program. I am also in the ESA science definition team for the pre-selected M4 mission, XIPE, an X-ray polarisation mission.

Research group members

Rachel Simoni (PhD student)

Maria Arias de Saavedra Benitez (PhD student)

Vladimir Domcek (PhD student)

Ping Zhou (postdoctoral research fellow)

Past group members

Dr Klara Schure

Dr Eveline Helder

Dr Daria Kosenko

Dr Alexandros Chiotellis

Dr Sjors Broersen

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)


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Kepler’s supernova remnant is an intriguing object and probably crucial for understanding the origin of Type Ia supernovae (supernovae resulting from the explosion of a white dwarf). The reason is that Kepler’s SNR has a number of pecularities: the stellar system that it originates from appears to have escaped the Galactic plane with >200 km/s, and the shock wave is interacting with dense material that can only have come from the wind of a relatively massive star (>4 solar masses). This star was probably the donor star. Nevertheless, no surviving donor star has been found.

In this review, I highlight the saillant features of this interesting object, point out what the morphology of the X-ray continuum tells us about the shape of the shock wave, and use the historical light curve to show that the supernova was a normal Type Ia at a distance of 5 kpc.

Full reference:

  1. Vink, J.,  2017,  arXiv:1612.06905, "Supernova 1604, Kepler's supernova, and its remnant", published in "Handbook of Supernovae" edited by Athem W. Alsabti and Paul Murdin, Springer

Jacco Vink   -   Anton Pannekoek Institute/GRAPPA  -  Last Update: Jan 17, 2017

Publication of a review on the interesting remnant of SN1604 a.k.a. Kepler’s supernova remnant