Personal Homepage: RONY KEPPENS

Since 1-1-2006, I (re)joined the Centre for mathematical Plasma Astrophysics at the Mathematics Department of the KU Leuven as `hoogleraar'. I was, during 15 years, affiliated with the FOM Institute Rijnhuizen (currently named DIFFER), where I started as postdoc in 1996, to eventually become Scientific Project Leader of the Numerical Plasma Dynamics activity from 1-1-2001 till end 2005. From July 1st 2005 till June 30 2010, I was affiliated with the Astronomical Institute of Utrecht University (which was after 370 years of history closed end 2011), as `bijzonder hoogleraar in de Theoretische Plasmafysica'. Till 2006-2007, I was teaching a course `Magnetohydrodynamics of Astrophysical Plasmas' in the Master programme of astrophysics at Utrecht, continuing this theoretically oriented course in the tradition of Prof. Emeritus Hans Goedbloed. I have held an Astronome position at Observatoire de Paris, Meudon, and am Concurrent Professor at Nanjing University, PR China (2013-2016).

Currently at KU Leuven, I teach the `Linear algebra' Bachelor course (1st Ba Bio-Engineer), as well as `Calculus I', `Calculus II' in the 1st Ba Math-Physics with Prof. Stefaan Poedts. I offer a Master course `Computational Methods for Astrophysical Applications', together with colleague Leen Decin, to either Applied Mathematics Master students or Master in Astronomy or Master of Science in Mathematical Engineering students. My research centers on both computational and analytical magnetofluid-dynamics, with an eye towards astrophysically relevant applications (stellar winds, astrophysical jets, accretion disk dynamics).


Research Keywords: MHD spectroscopy, (parallel) CMFD simulations, computational MHD, transonic MHD, relativistic (M)HD computations, Numerical algorithms, Adaptive Mesh Refinement


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Contact info and Collaborators

  • Prof.Dr. R. Keppens, Centre for mathematical Plasma Astrophysics, Department of Mathematics, KU Leuven, Celestijnenlaan 200B, 3001 Heverlee, Belgium. Room 04.35. Tel.: (+32) [0]16-327001 Fax.: (+32) [0]16-327998 Picture
  • Emeritus Prof. Dr. J.P. Goedbloed. Personal Homepage
  • Postdoc (KUL, IDO): Dr. Ludmila Carone
  • Postdoc (KUL, F+; FWO Pegasus; IAP CHARM): Dr. Chun Xia
  • Postdoc (IAP CHARM): Dr. Allard Jan van Marle Researchgate entry
  • PhD Student (KUL, GOA): Drs. Xia (Alex) Fang
  • PhD Student (KUL, FLOF): Drs. Tom Hendrix
  • PhD Student (KUL, FWO project): Drs. Bart Ripperda
  • PhD Student (KUL-BISA, IAP CHARM; FWO mandate): Drs. Sofia Moschou
  • Past:
  • Dr. R. Monceau-Baroux (obtained PhD degree at KU Leuven, currently at Observatoire de Meudon, Paris)
  • Dr. Oliver Porth (KUL, F+; Leeds) Researchgate entry
  • Dr. A. Vlasis (obtained PhD degree at KU Leuven)
  • Dr. Z. Meliani (currently at Observatoire de Meudon, Paris) Researchgate entry
  • Dr. P. Delmont (obtained PhD degree at KU Leuven, FLOF mandate)
  • Dr. N. Bessolaz (obtained PhD degree in cotutelle between Grenoble University and TU/e, Eindhoven)
  • Dr. B. van der Holst, University of Michigan Personal Homepage
  • Dr. J.W.S. Blokland (obtained PhD degree in FOM programme 74 on Manipulation of mesoscale structures in hot, magnetized plasmas)
  • Drs. M. Cinalli (former PhD Student in FOM programme 75 on PSI-lab an integrated laboratory on Plasma-Surface Interaction)
  • Dr. C. Wang (obtained PhD degree in FOM programme 55 on Laser Wakefield Acceleration)
  • Dr. G. Petrie (High Altitude Observatory, Boulder Colorado, USA)
  • M.Sc. (in Astrophysics) K.M. Schure (Afstudeerstage Universiteit Utrecht, Astronomical Institute)
  • Dr. E. van der Swaluw (Postdoctoral Researcher FOM projectruimte 02PR2125-2 `Magnetoseismology of accretion disks')
  • Dr. F. Casse Personal Homepage (Postdoctoral Researcher EU network PLATON)
  • Dr. Y.A. Zaliznyak (Postdoctoral Researcher NWO-E Computational Science program on `Rapid Changes in Complex Flows')
  • Drs. R. Archibald (Pre-doc junior researcher, EU network PLATON)
  • Drs. V. Land (Afstudeeronderzoek, Sterrekundig Instituut Utrecht)
  • Dr. M.A. Botchev Personal Homepage
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