I am Senior Astronomer in the Astronomy Group at ASTRON and I am Professor of Astronomy at the Kapteyn Institute at the University of Groningen (NL).
Read about my ERC Advanced Grant, RadioLife, the group working with me, and the papers we have published
My research interests: study of the gas and its role in active galactic nuclei, study of the interaction between the gas and the radio plasma, exploring the life-cycle of radio sources using low frequency observations (LOFAR). study of the gas (and in particular neutral hydrogen @ 21 cm and cold molecular gas) in the evolution of early-type galaxies. I am complementing this with the results that we are starting to get from Apertif.
In 2014, I received the Honor of “Commendatore della Stella d’Italia” (Commander in the Order of the Star of Italy) from the Italian Ambassador in the Netherlands, Francesco Azzarello.
News, recent papers and reviews:
- The best of both worlds: Combining LOFAR and Apertif to derive resolved radio spectral index images 2020, A&A in press
- Radio jets: properties, life and impact Invited review IAU Symp 356 “Nuclear Activity in Galaxies Across Cosmic Time”, ed. M. Povic et al
- The life cycle of radio galaxies in the LOFAR Lockman Hole field: Jurlin et al. 2020 and Shabala et al. 2020
- ALMA observations of PKS 1549-79: a case of feeding and feedback in a young radio quasar, Oosterloo, Morganti et al. 2019, A&A 632, 66
- “The interstellar and circumnuclear medium of active nuclei traced by HI 21 cm absorption” in The Astronomy and Astrophysics Review.
- “Archaeology of active galaxies across the electromagnetic spectrum” invited review, Nature Astronomy Aug 2017
One night I was, as usual, observing the sky with my telescope. I noticed that a sign was hanging from a galaxy a hundred milion light-years away. On it was written: I SAW YOU.