dr. J.J.M. (Jean) in 't Zand
Astrophysics science group-U
My profile descriptionSince 2002 I am permanent staff member of SRON, first at the High Energy Astrophysics Division and now in the Instrument Science Group.
My astro expertise lies with X-ray binaries, thermonuclear flashes on neutron stars and gamma-ray bursts. Most recently, my scientific work has focused on dynamical phenomena resulting from thermonuclear bursts (radiative pressure, relativistically expanding shells, accretion flows and their interaction). I am primarily an observer, employing (archives of) X-ray observatories such as XMM-Newton, Chandra, NICER, BeppoSAX, RXTE and Swift.
My instrument expertise lies with coded aperture imaging and simulation to support design work. As such I helped build the BeppoSAX Wide Field Cameras, HETE-II, MOXE, XMM-Newton and XEUS/Athena, and supported the conceptual development of EDGE, LOFT and eXTP. Since 2018, I am project manager of the LISA h/w project at SRON.
Apart from supervising many students of all levels, I have taught two courses at Utrecht University: stellar transients (together with Norbert Langer) and cosmology (with Tomas Procopec).