Jacco Vink

Astronomical Institute Anton Pannekoek & GRAPPA

                      Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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I am an associate professor, working in the field of high energy astrophysics. I am located at the Astronomical Institute Anton Pannekoek at the University of Amsterdam and I am a member of GRAPPA.


My research focusses on cosmic ray acceleration by supernova remnants, but I am also interested, 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 a member of the H.E.S.S. consortium and involved in the future Cherenkov observatory CTA.


Research group members

Sjors Broersen (PhD student)



Past group members

Dr Klara Schure

Dr Eveline Helder

Dr Daria Kosenko

Dr Alexandros Chiotellis



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)

Personal stuff: my old page with New York photos (including the Brooklyn rainy wedding) can be found here.

The many sides of RCW 86: a type Ia supernova remnant evolving in its progenitor's wind bubble



Sjors Broersen and collaborators published a paper on the X-ray emission of the peculiar supernova remnant RCW 86, the probably remnant of a supernova seen in AD 185.


The study contains high resolution X-ray spectroscopy as well as a study of hydrodynamics of this remnant evolving in a wind blown bubble.


The main conclusions are:

  1. -RCW 86 is confirmed as a remnant in a wind cavity

  2. -The iron emission indicates an iron content consistent with a Type Ia supernova origin

  3. -Type Ia origin means a scenario with a white dwarf with an accretion wind

  4. -Shock velocities changed/are changing dramatically over a period of 100 yr

  5. -The ejecta plasma is very hot (>10^9K)



The study will be published in MNRAS and can be found here: http://arxiv.org/abs/1404.5434

Figures: Top: The supernova remnant RCW 86 as observed by the XMM-Newton X-ray satellite. Middle: High resolution XMM-Newton RGS spectrum of RCW 86. Bottom: Result of a hydrodynamic simulation showing how rapid the change in velocity in the northeastern part could have been.