Are you fascinated by black holes and neutron stars? Do you want to learn how they swallow gas from their surroundings and spit it back into space? Do you want to know what a neutron star looks like on the inside? Do you want to explore the demographics of black holes and neutron stars? Do you want to find our how all this can be achieved using astronomical observations obtained at different wavelengths? If you answer yes to one or all of these questions, a research project in my group might be something for you!
Within the overarching theme of “observational studies of accreting neutron stars and black holes” there is a wealth of possibilities for exciting projects using different observing facilities and analysis techniques. Think of high-resolution X-ray spectroscopy to study wind outflows, radio observations to study jet outflows, X-ray reflection studies to zoom in on the hot gas circling closest to black holes and neutron stars, linking the X-rays to UV, optical or infrared emission to understand how the gas gets to the neutron star or black hole, and developing new techniques to squeeze every bit of information from observational data. To get a general idea of the research done within my group, visit my research page.
A selection of ideas for projects that I would love to dive into with a Master student can be found in my slides of the MSc project presentations of April 2023. However, we can also tailor a project to your specific interests. Just stop by for a chat or drop me an e-mail if you’re interested in exploring possibilities.
If you are not studying at the University of Amsterdam but are interested in doing a research project in my group, check out opportunities like the ERASMUS+ scholarships or the ASPIRE program.