About me

I am a professional astronomer, working at the University of Amsterdam. After I graduated in theoretical physics in 2001, I started my career in astronomy. My main scientific interests are dusty environments, planet formation, numerical science, and radiative transfer.

 

Imaging diagnostics for transitional discs (Astro-ph, 2013)

de Juan Ovelar, M., Min, M., Dominik, C., Thalmann, C., Pinilla, P., Benisty, M., Birnstiel, T.
Imaging diagnostics for transitional discs

Transitional discs are a special type of protoplanetary discs where planet formation is thought to be taking place. These objects feature characteristic inner cavities and/or gaps of a few...Read More »


Keck and VLT AO observations and models of the uranian rings during the 2007 ring plane crossings (Icarus, 2013)

de Pater, Imke, Dunn, David E., Stam, Daphne M., Showalter, Mark R., Hammel, Heidi B., Min, Michiel, Hartung, Markus, Gibbard, Seran G., van Dam, Marcos A., Matthews, Keith
Keck and VLT AO observations and models of the uranian rings during the 2007 ring plane crossings

We...Read More »


Identifying gaps in flaring Herbig Ae/Be disks using spatially resolved mid-infrared imaging. Are all group I disks transitional? (A&A, 2013)

Maaskant, K. M., Honda, M., Waters, L. B. F. M., Tielens, A. G. G. M., Dominik, C., Min, M., Verhoeff, A., Meeus, G., van den Ancker, M. E.
Identifying gaps in flaring Herbig Ae/Be disks using spatially resolved mid-infrared imaging. Are all group I disks transitional?

Lombaert, R., Decin, L., de Koter, A., Blommaert, J. A. D. L., Royer, P., De Beck, E., de Vries, B. L., Khouri, T., Min, M.
H2O vapor excitation in dusty AGB envelopes. A PACS view of OH 127.8+0.0

Context. AGB stars lose a large percentage of...Read More »


The color dependent morphology of the post-AGB star HD161796 (A&A, 2013)

Min, M., Jeffers, S. V., Canovas, H., Rodenhuis, M., Keller, C. U., Waters, L. B. F. M.
The color dependent morphology of the post-AGB star HD161796

Context. Many protoplanetary nebulae show strong asymmetries in their surrounding shell, pointing to...Read More »


Why circumstellar disks are so faint in scattered light: The case of HD 100546 (A&A, 2013)

Mulders, Gijs D., Min, Michiel, Dominik, Carsten, Debes, John H., & Schneider, Glenn
A&A, 2013
Why circumstellar disks are so faint in scattered light: The case of HD 100546

Scattered light images of circumstellar disks play an important role in characterizing the planet forming environments around young stars....Read More »


Comet-like mineralogy of olivine crystals in an extrasolar proto-Kuiper belt (Nature, 2012)

de Vries, B. L., Acke, B., Blommaert, J. A. D. L., Waelkens, C., Waters, L. B. F. M., Vandenbussche, B., Min, M., Olofsson, G., Dominik, C., Decin, L., Barlow, M. J., Brandeker, A., di Francesco, J., Glauser, A. M., Greaves, J., Harvey, P. M., Holland, W. S., Ivison, R. J., Liseau,...Read More »


SPICES: spectro-polarimetric imaging and characterization of exoplanetary systems. From planetary disks to nearby Super Earths (Experimental Astronomy, 2012)

Boccaletti, Anthony, Schneider, Jean, Traub, Wes, Lagage, Pierre-Olivier, Stam, Daphne, Gratton, Raffaele, Trauger, John, Cahoy, Kerri, Snik, Frans, Baudoz, Pierre, Galicher, Raphael, Reess, Jean-Michel, Mawet, Dimitri, Augereau, Jean-Charles, Patience, Jenny, Kuchner, Marc, Wyatt, Mark, Pantin, Eric, Maire, Anne-Lise, Vérinaud, Christophe, Ronayette, Samuel, Dubreuil, Didier, Min, Michiel, Rodenhuis, Michiel,...Read More »


Comet crystals found in a nearby planetary system

Pristine material that matches comets in our own Solar System have been found in a dust belt around the young star Beta Pictoris by ESA’s Herschel space observatory.

Twelve-million-year-old Beta Pictoris resides just 63 light-years from Earth and hosts a gas giant planet along with a dusty debris...Read More »


Evidence for the disintegration of KIC 12557548 b (A&A, 2012)

Brogi, M., Keller, C. U., de Juan Ovelar, M., Kenworthy, M. A., de Kok, R. J., Min, M., & Snellen, I. A. G.
Astronomy and Astrophysics, 2012
Evidence for the disintegration of KIC 12557548 b

Context. The Kepler object KIC 12557548 b is peculiar. It exhibits...Read More »


Evaporating exoplanet stirs up dust

Dutch astronomers have found clear evidence that a faraway exoplanet is falling apart. New analysis of data from NASA’s Kepler satellite shows that this exoplanet, which orbits its host star every 16 hours, has a massive dust tail originating from its surface, similar to a comet’s tail....Read More »


Observational evidence for composite grains in an AGB outflow. MgS in the extreme carbon star LL Pegasi (A&A, 2012)

Lombaert, R., de Vries, B. L., de Koter, A., Decin, L., Min, M., Smolders, K., Mutschke, H., & Waters, L. B. F. M.
Astronomy and Astrophysics, 2012
Observational evidence for composite grains in an AGB outflow. MgS in the
extreme carbon star LL Pegasi

The broad...Read More »


Constraining the circumbinary envelope of Z Canis Majoris via imaging polarimetry (A&A, 2012)

Canovas, H., Min, M., Jeffers, S. V., Rodenhuis, M., & Keller, C. U.
Astronomy and Astrophysics, 2012
Constraining the circumbinary envelope of Z Canis Majoris via imaging polarimetry

Context. Z CMa is a complex binary system composed of a Herbig Be and an FU Ori star....Read More »


High-contrast Near-infrared Polarization Imaging of MWC480 (ApJ, 2012)

Kusakabe, N., Grady, C. A., Sitko, M. L., Hashimoto, J., Kudo, T., Fukagawa, M., Muto, T., Wisniewski, J. P., Min, M., Mayama, S., Werren, C., Day, A. N., Beerman, L. C., Lynch, D. K., Russell, R. W., Brafford, S. M., Kuzuhara, M., Brandt, T. D., Abe, L., Brandner,...Read More »


Mid-infrared Imaging of the Transitional Disk of HD 169142: Measuring the Size of the Gap (ApJ, 2012)

Honda, M., Maaskant, Koen, Okamoto, Y. K., Kataza, H., Fukagawa, M., Waters, L. B. F. M., Dominik, C., Tielens, A. G. G. M., Mulders, G. D., Min, M., Yamashita, T., Fujiyoshi, T., Miyata, T., Sako, S., Sakon, I., Fujiwara, H., & Onaka, T.
The Astrophysical Journal, 2012
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Herschel images of Fomalhaut. An extrasolar Kuiper belt at the height of its dynamical activity (A&A, 2012)

Acke, B., Min, M., Dominik, C., Vandenbussche, B., Sibthorpe, B., Waelkens, C., Olofsson, G., Degroote, P., Smolders, K., Pantin, E., Barlow, M. J., Blommaert, J. A. D. L., Brandeker, A., De Meester, W., Dent, W. R. F., Exter, K., Di Francesco, J., Fridlund, M., Gear, W. K., Glauser,...Read More »


Herschel spots comet massacre around nearby star

ESA’s Herschel Space Observatory has studied the dusty belt around the nearby star Fomalhaut. The dust appears to be coming from collisions that destroy up to thousands of icy comets every day.

Fomalhaut is a young star, just a few hundred million years old, and twice as massive...Read More »


Direct imaging of a massive dust cloud around R Coronae Borealis (A&A, 2012)

Jeffers, S. V., Min, M., Waters, L. B. F. M., Canovas, H., Rodenhuis, M., de Juan Ovelar, M., Chies-Santos, A. L., & Keller, C. U.
Astronomy and Astrophysics, 2012
Direct imaging of a massive dust cloud around R Coronae Borealis

We present recent polarimetric images of...Read More »


On the physical structure of IRC +10216. Ground-based and Herschel observations of CO and C2H (A&A, 2012)

De Beck, E., Lombaert, R., Agúndez, M., Daniel, F., Decin, L., Cernicharo, J., Müller, H. S. P., Min, M., Royer, P., Vandenbussche, B., de Koter, A., Waters, L. B. F. M., Groenewegen, M. A. T., Barlow, M. J., Guélin, M., Kahane, C., Pearson, J. C., Encrenaz, P., Szczerba,...Read More »


A mid-IR study of the circumstellar environment of Herbig Be stars (A&A, 2012)

Verhoeff, A. P., Waters, L. B. F. M., van den Ancker, M. E., Min, M., Stap, F. A., Pantin, E., van Boekel, R., Acke, B., Tielens, A. G. G. M., & de Koter, A.
Astronomy and Astrophysics, 2012
A mid-IR study of the circumstellar environment of Herbig...Read More »


The effects of disk and dust structure on observed polarimetric images of protoplanetary disks (A&A, 2012)

Min, M., Canovas, H., Mulders, G. D., & Keller, C. U.
Astronomy and Astrophysics, 2012
The effects of disk and dust structure on observed polarimetric images of protoplanetary disks

Context. Imaging polarimetry is a powerful tool for imaging faint circumstellar material. It is a rapidly developing...Read More »


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University of Amsterdam
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1090 GE Amsterdam
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