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 project at NASA and a PhD at Utrecht University in The Netherlands, I moved to Imperial College London as a PDRA, then to Keele University as a RCUK Fellow, while 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

X-Shooting Ulysses

We obtain 250 massive star spectra in the Ultraviolet with the ULLYSES programme that employs 500 orbits of HST DDT time AND complementary XShooter Optical+Infrared spectra via our ESO-VLT Large Programme that we secured on behalf of the massive star community.  See Paper I

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 (2021). An update from the 2000/2001 Vink et al. IDL Routine.

Download python routine

I recently edited Special Issues in the MDPI Journal “Galaxies”

on “Star Formation in the UV”.

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on “Stellar Structure”.

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