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' 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 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 (KUL, F+; Leeds): Dr. Oliver Porth
  • PhD Student (KUL, GOA): Drs. Xia (Alex) Fang
  • PhD Student (KUL, FLOF): Drs. Tom Hendrix
  • PhD Student (KUL, FWO): Drs. Remi Monceau Baroux
  • PhD Student (KUL-BISA, IAP CHARM; FWO): Drs. Sofia Moschou
  • Recent past:
  • Dr. A. Vlasis
  • Dr. Z. Meliani (currently at Observatoire de Meudon, Paris)
  • Dr. A.J. van Marle (currently at IvS, KU Leuven)
  • Dr. P. Delmont (obtained PhD degree at K.U.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
  • 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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