|I am a VENI fellow the Observatory of the Leiden University. My research is mainly based on developing and exploiting new technologies in radio-astronomy to study active galactic nuclei (AGN), galaxy clusters, galaxies and ultimately everything which emits radio waves.
I am part of the LOFAR collaboration and most of my time is now invested in the commissioning of this new radio-telescope. Thanks to this telescope we are opening up a new window on the Universe by observing at very low radio frequencies (10-240 MHz). The heart of LOFAR lies in the Netherlands, but the telescope stations are spread all over Europe and connected with ultra-fast optical fibers to a supercomputer in Groningen.
I did my PhD at the Max Planck Institute für Astrophysics in München on a thesis titled: “The impact fo radio-emitting supermassive black holes on their environment: the LOFAR view of the Virgo cluster”. During my master thesis I also worked for the ESA satellite Planck. Planck was launched on 14 May 2009 and it is designed to study the Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB) – the relic radiation from the Big Bang.