I have moved! New homepage https://homepages.dias.ie/jmackey/From 1. January 2016 I have moved to the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies. Please go to my new homepage for up-to-date information.
Welcome to my homepage! I am a postdoctoral researcher in astrophysics, investigating the effects of massive stars on their environment, using theoretical and computational models. I develop and maintain pion, a computer simulation code for modelling photoionisation and magnetohydrodynamics. pion is a distributed-memory parallel code, designed to work on supercomputers, and I use it for most of my research projects.
I am working in the group of Prof. Stefanie Walch at the I. Physikalisches Institut at the University of Cologne. My research is part-funded through the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) priority program 1573, Physics of the Interstellar Medium.
I have helped to co-supervise the PhD projects of:
From 2010-2015 I was a postdoctoral researcher at the Argelander-Institut für Astronomie (AIfA), working in the stellar astrophysics group led by Prof. Norbert Langer. At AIfA, I was an Argelander Fellow (2010-2011), then an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow (2011-2013), and subsequently a staff postdoc funded through our group's project, "Effects of Massive Stars on their Surroundings", supported by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) priority program 1573, Physics of the Interstellar Medium.
2015.09.04 I have been awarded a Royal Society-Science Foundation Ireland University Research Fellowship to run from 2016-2020: see announcements from the Royal Society, SFI, and DIAS.
2015.08.27 New paper accepted for publication, about the circumstellar medium of the red supergiant star W26 in Westerlund 1: (link to paper, arXiv:1508.07003, ADS).
2015.07.27 The first StarBench paper is now accepted for publication, and a preprint is available on arXiv:1507.05621. The paper studies the D-type expansion of HII regions.
2015.03.01 I have moved to the I. Physikalisches Institut at the University of Cologne, from the Argelander-Institut für Astronomie (AIfA) at the University of Bonn.
2014.08.12 Our paper "Interacting supernovae from photoionization-confined shells around red supergiant stars" has just been published in Nature. Read more here!