Netherlands Institute for Space Research



Netherlands Institute for Space Research

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dr.  L.M. (Lucien)  Kuiper

Scientist A
Instrument science group

Contact information

T +31 (0)88 777 5875
F +31 (0)88 777 5678
E L.M.Kuiper@sron.nl
W http://www.sron.nl/Lucien_Kuiper

Visiting address

    room 2.017
    3584CA Utrecht
    The Netherlands


After fulfilling the BSc and MSc (cum laude; major Astronomy, minors Capita selecta Physics & Mathematics) programs at the University of Amsterdam under supervision of Prof. Dr. Jan van Paradijs I started in October 1987 as scientific programmer for the Compton Gamma-Ray Observatory-COMPTEL project at RuimteOnderzoek Leiden (ROL), later SRON-Leiden. I wrote (mainly) analysis S/W for the IFC (In Flight Calibration) and PUL (Pulsar) modules, and during this my interest was aroused for pulsar astrophysics, which eventually led to several papers in refereed journals. This resulted in a PhD achieved on Jan. 8, 2001 on "High-energy radiation from spin-down powered pulsars" at the University of Utrecht with promotor Prof. Dr. F. Verbunt and co-promotor Dr. W. Hermsen. After my COMPTEL period I worked on high-energy data - from soft X-rays to high-energy gamma-rays - collected by all kinds of instruments aboard ROSAT, ASCA, BeppoSAX, CGRO, Chandra, XMM, INTEGRAL, Suzaku, Swift, Fermi etc., analysing the high-energy (pulsed) emission characteristics from pulsars/magnetars, and also from Gamma-Ray Bursts and other high-energy transients. My current research field focusses on "The fundamental emission mechanisms of radio- and X-ray radiation from mode- switching pulsars" through deep simultaneous radio- and X-ray observations with the most sensitive instruments that nowadays exist like LOFAR, WSRT, GMRT, LWA, Arecibo at radio frequencies and XMM-Newton at X-rays. Other topics include "The characterisation of the hard X-ray/soft gamma-ray pulsar population across the 0.1 keV - 100 GeV band", "The soft gamma-ray emission properties of transient/persistent magnetars" and "Accretion-powered X-ray milli-second pulsars during outburst and its relation to transitional pulsars" I am interested in all flavours of high-energy transients including GW binaries, TDE events etc. In March 2017 I moved from the Astro-science group of SRON to the Instrument Science group..

Featured publications

Hermsen, W., Kuiper, L., Hessels, J.W.T., Mitra, D., Rankin, J.M., et al Simultaneous X-ray and radio observations of the radio-mode-switching pulsar PSR B1822-09 MNRAS, 466, p.1688-1708, 2017

Kuiper, L., Hermsen, W. The soft γ-ray pulsar population: a high-energy overview MNRAS, 449, p. 3827-3866, 10.1093/mnras/stv426,

Hermsen, W., Hessels, J.W.T., Kuiper, L., Leeuwen van, J., Mitra, D., Plaa de, J. et al., including Avruch, I.M. Synchronous X-ray and Radio Mode Switches: A Rapid Global Transformation of the Pulsar Magnetosphere Science, 339, p. 436-439, 2013

Kuiper, L., Hermsen, W. High-energy characteristics of the schizophrenic pulsar PSR J1846-0258 in Kes 75. Multi-year RXTE and INTEGRAL observations crossing the magnetar-like outburst Astronomy & Astrophysics, 501, p. 1031-1046, 2009

Kuiper, L., Hermsen, W., den Hartog, P. R., Collmar, W. Discovery of Luminous Pulsed Hard X-Ray Emission from Anomalous X-Ray Pulsars 1RXS J1708-4009, 4U 0142+61, and 1E 2259+586 by INTEGRAL and RXTE ApJ, 645, p. 556-575, 2006

Falanga, M. Kuiper, L.M., Poutanen, J. Bonning, E.W., Hermsen, W., Di Salvo,T. , Goldoni, P., Goldwurm, A., Shaw, S.E., Stella, L. INTEGRAL and RXTE observations of accreting millisecond pulsar IGR J00291+5934 in outburst A&A, 444, p. 15-24, 2005

Kuiper, L., Hermsen, W., Méndez, M. Discovery of Hard Nonthermal Pulsed X-Ray Emission from the Anomalous X-Ray Pulsar 1E 1841-045 ApJ, 613, 2, p. 1173-1178, 2004

Kuiper, L., Hermsen, W., Verbunt, F., Ord, S., Stairs, I., Lyne, A. High-Resolution Spatial and Timing Observations of Millisecond Pulsar PSR J0218+4232 with Chandra ApJ 577, 917, 2002.

Kuiper, L., Hermsen, W., Cusumano, G., Diehl, R., Schvnfelder, V., Strong, A., Bennett, K., McConnell, M.L. The Crab pulsar in the 0.75-30 MeV range as seen by CGRO COMPTEL A&A 378, 918,2001.

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