Netherlands Institute for Space Research



Netherlands Institute for Space Research

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dr.  J. (Jelle) de  Plaa

Senior software design engineer A
Astrophysics science group-U

Contact information

T +31 (0)88 777 5839
F +31 (0)88 777 5678
E J.de.Plaa@sron.nl
W http://www.sron.nl/Jelle_de_Plaa
Personal pages www.sron.nl/~jellep

Visiting address

    room 2.016
    3584CA Utrecht
    The Netherlands


As scientific programmer at Astro Utrecht I am mainly involved with software maintenance and development for current and future X-ray missions like XMM-Newton, Chandra, XRISM and Athena. One of the main software packages I help to develop is SPEX (http://www.sron.nl/spex). For new X-ray missions, I perform simulations to verify the instrument performance for science requirements in (mainly) the field of clusters of galaxies. I am also a member of the X-IFU calibration team. My Master research (2001-2002) focused on the timing properties of the X-ray pulsar PSR 0540-69 under supervision of Wim Hermsen and Lucien Kuiper (SRON). In 2007, I obtained a PhD on the topic of chemical enrichment of the hot ICM in clusters of galaxies under supervision of Jelle Kaastra, Mariano Mendez and Johan Bleeker (SRON). From 2007-2009, I was a post-doc at Delft Technical University/KNMI and worked on acoustic seafloor mapping and the detection of infrasound in Earths atmosphere. In 2009, I returned as a post-doc at SRON and obtained a XMM-Newton VLP to study deep RGS spectra of clusters of galaxies. These data became part of the CHEERS project of which I am PI. From 2012, I am a member of the workers council of SRON which advises the SRON directorate about important decisions.

ORCID: http://orcid.org/0000-0002-2697-7106

Featured publications

de Plaa, J., Kaastra, J. S., Werner, N., Pinto, C., Mernier, F., Akamatsu, H. CHEERS: The chemical evolution RGS sample Astronomy & Astrophysics, 607, id. A98, 2017

de Plaa, J., Mernier, F. Future perspectives for abundance measurements in clusters of galaxies with XMM-Newton Astronomische Nachrichten, 2017

Plaa de, J. The origin of the chemical elements in cluster cores Astronomische Nachrichten, 334, p. 416-421, 2013

Plaa de, J., Zhuravleva, I., Werner, N., Kaastra, J.S., Churazov, E., Smith, R.K., Raassen, A.J.J., Grange, Y.G. Estimating turbulent velocities in the elliptical galaxies NGC 5044 and NGC 5813 Astronomy & Astrophysics, 539, A34-11, 2012

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