Prof. Jorick Vink

Armagh Planetarium and Observatory
  • Armagh Observatory and Planetarium
  • Armagh Observatory and Planetarium

Jorick S Vink

My interest is in massive stars. How do they form? How do they lose mass? How do they evolve and die?

After a master’s degree at NASA GSFC and a PhD at Utrecht University in The Netherlands, I moved to Imperial College London, Keele University and I am currently a Research Astronomer at Armagh Observatory. During the merger of the Observatory and Planetarium in 2015-2016 I was Acting Director of the Planetarium.

My research is at the interface of Observation & Theory. On the theoretical side I am particularly interested in the theory of stellar winds & evolution, whilst on the observational side most of my work involves spectroscopy and spectro-polarimetry.


Armagh Planetarium and Observatory

ULLYSES & X-Shooter

Over the next couple of years we will obtain hundreds of massive star spectra in the Ultraviolet with the ULLYSES programme that employs 500 orbits of HST DDT time AND complementary optical+infrared spectra via our ESO-VLT Large Programme that was secured on behalf of the massive star community.

Our interests are in:

  • Wind parameter predictions at low metallicity (Z)
  • Wind parameter estimation from ULLYSES & X-Shooter spectra
  • The evolution of massive stars at low Z – and the Black Hole mass function

Mass Loss Recipe

This is the Python mass-loss recipe from Vink & Sander (2020). An update from the 2000/2001 Vink et al. IDL Routine.

Find out more

I recently edited a Special Issue in the new Journal “Galaxies” on “Star Formation in the UV”.

Download python routine

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