Sjoert van Velzen

Background image: section of the Milky Way, observed at infrared wavelengths by WISE.


I'm a Hubble Postdoctoral Fellow at the Johns Hopkins University.

Email: [first name]

Office phone: 410-516-2385

Research Summary

I like to understand what happens during the rare occasion that a star passes very close to a supermassive black hole. Due to the strong gravity of the black hole, these unlucky stars get torn apart into streams of gas. The result is a sudden increase of fuel for the supermassive black hole, leading to a month-long flare of light. I'm searching for these tidal disruption flares and use them to advance our understanding of black hole accretion and the production of relativisitic jets.

Curriculum vitae

List of first-author publications on ADS.

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