I am a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, NJ, USA. My main research interest is gravitational dynamics, with particular emphasis on hierarchical systems such as multiplanet and multistar systems, and galactic nuclei.
Prior to my postdoc position at the IAS, I was a PhD student at Leiden University/Observatory, supervised by professor Simon Portegies Zwart and professor Hagai Perets (Technion). I graduated cum laude in 2016.
Dynamics of planetary systems in single stars or higher-order stellar systems (binaries, triples, etc.). Applications include the formation of hot Jupiters through high-eccentricity migration.
Unseen planetary companions to hot Jupiters (HJs) in stellar binaries could boost the formation of HJs through high-eccentricity migration. The image to right shows an example simulation in which a HJ is formed in the presence of a planetary companion (orbit 2) at ~40 AU, while HJ formation is prevented in the absence of a companion. See Hamers 2018 for details.
A list of publications (.pdf) can be found here.
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