Jordy Davelaar joined the Flatiron Institute in 2019 as a Research Analyst in the Center for Computational Astrophysics.
Jordy is a PhD-student at the Radboud University in Nijmegen, The Netherlands and is part of the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) Collaboration. The EHT aims to image the shadow of a black hole for the very first time.
Jordy studies accreting supermassive black holes by combining general relativistic magnetohydrodynamical simulations with a general relativist ray tracing code (RAPTOR) that he develops. In his work, he focusses on the effect of particle acceleration on the radiative properties of black holes such as spectra and radio-images. During his time at CCA, he will focus on studying the fundamental instabilities that govern particle acceleration in jets by performing kinetic plasma simulations.
For outreach and educational purposes he also developed Virtual Reality visualizations of the direct surrounding of black holes.