I am a PhD student in the Anton Pannekoek Institute at the University of Amsterdam, where I am part of the BinCosmos group, led by Selma E. de Mink. In November, I'll move to New York to work at the Center for Computational Astrophysics of the Flatiron Institute.
My focus is on numerical simulations of massive stars in binary systems using both the detailed stellar structure and evolution code MESA, and the population synthesis code binary_c. Recently, I have also played with real data from Gaia and HST. My research interests include massive stars and binary evolution, runaway, "walkaway", and hyper-velocity stars, X-ray binaries, core-collapse supernovae, (pulsational) pair-instability supernovae, and time-domain and gravitational wave astronomy.
In June 2015, I obtained my Master degree from the University of Pisa. In my thesis, I explored the effects of mass loss on the stellar evolution and structure, and the implications for the pre-supernova cores and therefore final fate of the stars.
My choice of being an astrophysicist is motivated by the large variety of different physical phenomena that can be studied in an astrophysical context, and I want my work to be as tied as possible to observations.
Selma E. de Mink, Ylva Götberg, Emmanouil (Manos) Zapartas, Eva Laplace, Silvia Toonen, Rob Farmer, Athira Menon, Floor Broekgaarden, Javier Moran Fraile, Miron van de Kolk