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Pulsar discoverer Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell performs the official opening of the first LOFAR station in the UK.

In his role as international LOFAR project scientist, Radboud & ASTRON professor Heino Falcke had spearheaded the extension of LOFAR into an international telescope. “Thanks to the efforts of the British community LOFAR is now truly international”, congratulates Prof. Falcke his UK colleagues. The Chilbolton station follows similar stations in the Netherlands and Germany and more are expected to come in France, Sweden, and Poland.

The international stations will significantly enhance LOFAR and, e.g., enhance the resolution of this revolutionary new radio telescope by a factor of ten.

With the new station, the UK community has a much bigger impact on LOFAR as a whole. The UK is now the 3rd country in Europe to contribute and the other countries are to follow in the coming next years. Derek McKay-Bukowski, project manager of the Chilbolton LOFAR UK site said: “When the entire project is finished, we will have something in the order of 5,000 antennas for both low-band and high-band, which will be located at about 48 stations across Europe.”

Read more at the BBC news website.

Joliot-Curie Fellowship in (Astro)physics

Within the Faculty of Sciences a tenure-track fellowship for women is available in the fields of chemistry, physics and astronomy. Suitable candidates are invited to apply for this position. The Department of Astrophysics concentrates on research in compact binaries, supermassive black holes, astroparticle physics and gravitational waves. Within the Institute of Mathematics, Astrophysics and Particle Physics research focuses on interdisciplinary research on the origins and foundations of the Universe. See Joliot-Curie Fellowship. Closing date is September 15, 2010

International SKA Forum 2010

ASTRON Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy, together with the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), has organised and hosted the third International SKA Forum on Tuesday 15 June in the province of Drenthe, the Netherlands Read more...

Largest Radio Telescope, LOFAR, officially in use

The largest radio telescope in the world, LOFAR, was opened officially last Saturday, by Her Majesty Queen Beatrix. The Radboud University Nijmegen is an important participant in the project and has contributed to the design of the hard- and software of the telescope. The network of radio antennas on the fields of the province Drente has, since then, been elaborated with measurement stations in the UK, Germany, Sweden and France. Other countries are soon to follow. The larger LOFAR will become, the more information it will be able to receive and the better the direction and distance to a certain source can be determined. Read more...

13th Symposium on Astroparticle Physics in the Netherlands

Latest results from the exciting field of astroparticle physics will be discussed during the meeting on March 19th, 2010. Symposium web page

Clancy James won Bragg Medal for best Physics thesis in Australia

Clancy James has won the Bragg Gold Medal for Excellence in Physics from the Australian Institute for Physics. This medal is awarded to the student who has completed the most outstanding PhD thesis in Physics in Australia. Clancy James won this medal for his thesis on detection of ultra high energy neutrinos with radio techniques at the University of Adelaide. He has recently come to Nijmegen to continue this work with the new LOFAR telescope.

 V445 Puppis Helium nova V445 Puppis charted in unprecedented detail using Adaptive Optics

Using the NACO Adaptive Optics instrument on the Very Large Telescope of the European Southern Observatory an international team of astronomers, led by Patrick Woudt of the University of Cape Town, and including Nijmegen staff members Paul Groot and Gijs Nelemans, have mapped in unprecedented detail the expanding shell around the unique helium nova V445 Puppis. Read more...

NAC 2010: 65th Dutch Astronomy Conference

The NAC 2010 is organized by the Department of Astrophysics at Radboud University Nijmegen and takes place May 19th to 21st, 2010. Conference web page

Haili Hu and Clancy James receive NWO Rubicon award

Haili Hu and Clancy James have received an NWO Rubicon award to start off their postdoctoral careers. Haili Hu will take her award to the University of Cambridge, UK to work on the combination of asteroseismology and stellar evolution. Clancy James has come to Nijmegen from the University of Adelaide, Australia to work on the detection of cosmic rays with radio techniques.

X-Shooter commissioned on the Very Large Telescope

X-Shooter has recently been inaugurated as the newest addition to the instrument suite of the world's largest telescope: the Very Large Telescope of the European Southern Observatory. X-Shooter's revolutionary design combines the optical and near-infrared wavelength regime in one go, opening up studies of objects from 300 to 2500 nm at medium spectral resolution. More information at the ESO website

Jan Kuipers decorated by the Queen

Jan Kuijpers, professor of Astronomy and dean of the faculty of Science has been decorated by the Queen as Knight in the order of the Lion of the Netherlands. He receives this honour in recognition of his vital role in setting up the Astrophyics department at the Radboud University. His enthousiasm and excellence in teaching have been a key ingredient in the succes of the department.

augerradiord_small.jpg Auger Radio R&D Workshop

Scientists from the international Pierre Auger Collaboration congregated at Radboud University on January 27th and 28th, 2009 to discuss recent progress and future developments of the detection of radio emission from extensive air showers.

Workshop web page

rolduc-luchtfoto_groot.jpgNAC 2009

The 64th Dutch Astronomy Conference will be held from 13 to 15 May 2009 at Conference Center Rolduc, Kerkrade, Zuid-Limburg, NL. 2009 has been declared by the UN as the International Year of Astronomy. The members of the Astronomical Institute ‘Anton Pannekoek’ at Amsterdam will make every effort to make this year’s conference a scientific and social success. The program will include poster prizes, outdoor activities on Thursday afternoon and a non-astronomical evening lecture.

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parademalargue_micro.jpg Scientists from the Department of Astrophysics join the Malargue Day Parade

Scientists from the Department of Astrophysics joined the Malargue Day Parade on November 16th, 2008. Malargue is a small city in Argentina, hosting the worlds largest experiment, the Pierre Auger Observatory. The Observatroy has been build to investigate the origin of highest-energy cosmic rays. In November every year the city of Malargue celebrates its Malargue Day Parade. A delegation of the Pierre Auger Observatory joines regularly this important event. Read more...

haili_hu.jpg Haili Hu receives Frye Stipendium

Haili Hu received a prestigious Frye stipendium by the Radboud University for her PhD research project on pulsating subdwarf-B stars. The Frye stipendia are rewarded yearly to 3rd year PhD students of the Radboud University, who have delivered remarkable achievements during their PhD research. Haili Hu receives the stipendium because of her work on the coupling of double-star evolution calculations with asteroseismological models to be able to predict and explain the pulsation behaviour of subdwarf-B stars. Haili will use her Frye stipendium amongst others for a work visit to the Cambridge University. The granting will take place in a special assembly of the College of Deans, on December 23rd at the University's Aula.

topfoto3.jpg Public Observation evenings during Winter time

Public evening Friday January 30: Come and watch the stars! During Winter months the Department of Astrophysics, together with the 'Astronomische Kring Nijmegen' (AKN), organizes a public observation evening every last Friday of the month at the Observatory on the Huygensbuilding. The first evening will be organized on Friday January 30. Read more...

paulgroot.jpg Paul Groot nominated to member of the 'De Jonge Akademie' (Young Academy) of the KNAW

On November 11 the KNAW (Koninklijke Nederlandse Akademie van Wetenschappen / Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences) has appointed prof.dr. Paul Groot, head of the Dept. of Astrophysics, him member of 'De Jonge Akademie'/ Young Academy. 'De Jonge Akademie' exists of some 70 young scientists from all specialisms. 'De Jonge Akademie' is aimed at the promotion of internal and external contacts between young scientists and society. Paul Groot has been appointed because of his scientific work with compact double stars, gamma ray bursts and the EGAPS survey, and also for his efforts in the collaborative founding of the Department of Astrophysics at the Radboud University. Zie persbericht KNAW

Impression of the reception on September 25 to celebrate the grants of 6.6 million euros in total

To celebrate the ERC grants that Heino Falcke and Conny Aerts, and the NWO Vidi which Gijs Nelemans, received a reception was held last September 25. Impression...

thumb_heino.jpg Heino Falcke receives ERC Advanced Grant of 3.5 million euros

Heino Falcke, professor of Radio Astronomy and Astroparticle Physics and affiliated to ASTRON as International Project Scientist for LOFAR, has received en ERC Advanced grant in the first round of these new grants. Also Conny Aerts, adjunct professor, has received an ERC Advanced grant for her asteroseismology work at the University of Leuven read more...

nelemans_small.jpg Gijs Nelemans receives Vidi grant for his proposal 'The origin of type Ia supernova's'

Gijs Nelemans (37), has gained a Vidi for a project which involves the type Ia supernova's that are used to understand and describe the accellerated expansion of the universe.

Possible progenitor of type Ia supernova discovered

In an article appearing in the February 14th issue of the journal Nature, Rasmus Voss of the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics in Germany and Gijs Nelemans of Radboud University in the Netherlands searched Chandra images for evidence of a much sought after, but as yet unobserved binary system - one that was about to go supernova. Read more...

First LOFAR doctorate

On January 22nd, the first LOFAR PhD thesis was completed with a public defense at the Radboud University Nijmegen, awarded to Andreas Nigl's for his work on utilizing prototype LOFAR components for scientific research. Read more...

Pierre Auger Observatory opens new window to the Universe

The Pierre Auger Collaboration has found a correlation between the arrival directions of the highest energy cosmic rays and nearby extragalactic objects. This is a breakthrough in understanding the origin of the highest energy particles in the Universe. Read more ...

LISA science case

An international team of scientists, including astronomer Gijs Nelemans, has written the science case for the planned gravitational wave detector LISA. Read more ...

Paul Groot becomes full professor and head of the astrophysics department

On October 15, Paul Groot has been appointed as full professor in Astrophysics and head of the Astrophysics department of the Radboud University Nijmegen. Read more ...

Zomerschool "Nijmegen '06"

In September the department of Astrophysics co-organised the summer school Nijmegen06 on Astroparticle physics in Velp. Read more...


On May 24, the Department of Astrophysics has moved to the new Huygens building. Room and phone numbers have been changed due to this. Read more...

EGAPS Inaugural Meeting

From 11 to 13 September the EGAPS Inaugural meeting took place in Cambridge. The European Galactic Plane Surveys (EGAPS) project is an ambitious plan to map the Galactic plane in optical and near infrared filters to unprecedented depth and precision. Read more...

Academy Prize for Heino Falcke

This Friday Heino Falcke will receive the Academy Prize from the Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften in Berlin for his contributions to the Galactic Center/ Black hole and to radio emission from Extensive Air Showers. Heino is `bijzonder hoogleraar' High Energy Astrophysics at the Radboud University and employed by ASTRON, Dwingeloo. Read more...

International Workshop on AM CVn Stars 2005

From 3--8 July 2005, Nijmegen organised a very successful first international workshop on AM CVn stars. Pictures & online proceedings...

LOFAR Detects Cosmic Rays

Astronomers from the Radboud University Nijmegen, among others, have detected and imaged the geosynchrotron radio-emission from cosmic ray air shower particles using the LOFAR prototype station. Read the press release or the Nature article (2 MB PDF)...

2nd Symposium "Particle Astrophysics in The Netherlands"

On September 24, 2004, the Nijmegen department of Astrophysics organised the second symposium on high energy physics and astrophysics in the Netherlands. Proceedings...

Nijmegen International Pulsar Workshop 2004

On 28 and 29 June, 2004, this international workshop was held in Nijmegen to bring together recent developments in theoretical and observational pulsar astronomy. Announcement & proceedings...