Homepage for Frank Verbunt

I work at the Department of Astronomy / IMAPP of the Radboud University in Nijmegen, as professor of High-Energy Astrophysics.
This work also links me to SRON - Utrecht, for my work on X-ray astronomy.
Prof. Dr. Frank Verbunt
f.verbunt (at) astro.ru.nl
Huygensgebouw kamer 02.723
tel. +31-24-3653661

I divide my working time over
scientific research
teaching courses at the university,
popularizing astronomy
and being the Director of IMAPP


My research started with neutron stars and white dwarfs in binaries,
then expanded to include single neutron stars (pulsars) in the galactic disk,
and then X-ray sources in globular clusters.
At the moment I am preparing a population study of neutron stars
by studying distances and velocities of young pulsars
with Andrei Igoshev

My interest includes high-resolution X-ray spectroscopy
with Jelle Kaastra on clusters of galaxies.

Finally, as an outcome of my teaching a Master course on the History of
Astronomy in 2004, 2006 (and again in 2011: IAC History of Astronomy)
I have started research in this area, and investigated old star catalogues
with Rob van Gent,
I am preparing to study old celestial globes and maps with
Peter van der Krogt

All of this has resulted in the following papers in refereed journals (CDS)


Due to my directorship, my teaching is much reduced.
This academic year (2015/2016), I teach two courses:
Warmteleer (Introductory thermodynamics) a first year physics course
(part of) Space Astrophysics an introductory course for 3rd year astronomy students

Courses from previous years:
Het heelal an introductory course on the universe for honours students
Leven van Sterren an introductory course on stellar evolution for 1st year physics students
Chapters in the history of astronomy an interuniversity Master course (with Jan Hogendijk and Teije de Jong)
Compact Binaries a Master course on compact binaries (part 1; part 2 is by Gijs Nelemans)

Popularizing astronomy

To popularize astronomy I write articles (in Dutch) for lay journals, mostly Zenit),
As editor of Zenit I currently write a monthly column together with Ignas Snellen .
Some older articles are scanned: