National Space Institute


Welcome to my professional webpage!

I am an astrophysicist at the National Space Institute, Technical University of Denmark. Since 2002 my principal mission has been to use and help maintained the JEM-X instrument aboard the ESA satellite INTEGRAL.
As a member of the NuSTAR Galactic Science working group I was also involved in the definition of the observation program for this NASA satellite launched in June 2012.
Most recently I have become a member of the Science Team for the NICER instrument to be placed on the International Space Station in September 2016.

Main research area: high-energy astrophysics, especially neutron stars in X-ray binaries.
My primary research interest is the study of the thermonuclear explosions on the surface of accreting neutron stars, also known as type I X-ray bursts.

Previous activity:
1997-2002: Scientist at the Danish Meteorological Institute (Air pollution modelling and atmospheric dispersion).

Find me in Orbit.


Teaching and other activities:

Since 2012 I have been responsible and main lecturer for the BSc course Astrofysik (in danish), and the MSc course Observational X-ray Astrophysics for the Earth and Space Physics and Engineering study programme at DTU.

Lecturer for the course on Observational Challenges in Astrophysics at DTU

Guest lecturer at the Niels Bohr Institute teaching on X-ray bursts for the course on Compact Objects and Relativistics Astrophysics  in 2007 and 2009.

Science promotion, for example during the Danish Science Festival.

Member of the International Astronomical Union.
Member of the Association Francaise d'Astronomie (1980-1990) and Societé Astronomique de France (1987-1998).
Chairman of Uranie, the astronomy club in La Roche sur Yon, France (1986-1987).

Safety representative for the office staff at DTU Space.

University training:

1996: PhD in Earth Sciences
Thesis on a numerical modeling of magma chambers beneath fast-spreading mid-ocean ridges with Prof. A. Nicolas at the Laboratory of Tectonophysics, University of Montpellier.

1993: Master's Degree (DEA) in Theoretical Physics (University of Montpellier, France):
Speciality : Astrophysics (study of the pseudo-periodicity of the Mira stars; GRAAL)

1997: Postdoc at the Department of Geophysics, Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen.



Astronomer's Telegrams
Chronologically ordered By importance
- Chenevez J., Altamirano D., Galloway D., et al., Puzzling thermonuclear burst behaviour from the transient low-mass X-ray binary IGR J17473-2721, MNRAS, Vol. 410, p.179, 2011 (astro-ph/1007.5201).
- Chenevez J., Falanga M., Kuulkers E., et al., IGR J17254, a new bursting neutron star. Astronomy & Astrophysics, Vol. 469, p. L27, 2007 (astro-ph/0705.1249).

- Chenevez J., Falanga M., Brandt S., et al., Two phase X-ray burst from GX 3+1 observed by INTEGRAL. Astronomy & Astrophysics, Vol. 449, p. L5, 2006 (astro-ph/0512559).
- Chenevez J., Falanga M., Kuulkers E., et al.,  INTEGRAL monitoring of unusually long X-ray bursts. Proceedings of Science, 2008 (astro-ph/0811.0904).

- Falanga M., Chenevez J., Cumming A., et al., Intermediate long X-ray bursts from the ultra-compact binary source SLX 1737-282. Astronomy & Astrophysics, Vol.484, p.43, 2008 (astro-ph/0711.0328).

Other interesting papers on astro-ph

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Last updated 17.09.2015