Sylvia Ploeckinger

Astrophysicist (postdoctoral research assistant) at Leiden University (The Netherlands)


A Little About Me

I am a scientist working on expanding our understanding of the Universe we live in. The methods I am using reach from calculations involving mostly pen and (lots of) paper to developing complex large-scale cosmological simulations that run on thousands of processors for months within an international collaboration of scientists.

I received my PhD from the Department of Astrophysics in Vienna, Austria and I have since been a postdoctoral researcher at Leiden Observatory in the Netherlands as well as at the Institute for Computational Cosmology in Durham (UK).

In September 2019 I have joined the Lorentz Institute for Theoretical Physics in Leiden on a personal grant from NWO. 




Paper accepted! All hdf5 files are now ready for download.

July 21, 2020

"Radiative cooling rates, ion fractions, molecule abundances and line emissivities including self-shielding and both local and metagalactic radiation fields" by Sylvia Ploeckinger & Joop Schaye (MNRAS, accepted).

Get the paper here and find some more info and links to the data here.

Contact me

Lorentz Institute for theoretical physics
J.H. Oort Building
Niels Bohrweg 2
2333 CA Leiden
The Netherlands


Sylvia Ploeckinger