My name is Fei Xie. I am from China and I got my PhD at the Chinese Academy of Science in Beijing.
What is your field of research and/or what project are you involved in at the OKC?
I mainly work on instrument simulations, like detector optimization, on-orbit background estimation, instrument performance simulation, etc. I am working in the SPHiNX group, a satellite for GRB polarization measurements. Now my interest is in polarization measurements at high energies. It’s an area we don’t know much about at this moment. It is challenging but interesting.
Which of your skills are you most proud of? What new skills would you like to learn in the next year?
My coding and Geant4 are quite good. I would like to learn more about the electronics for a better understanding of the instrument in the future.
What is the biggest obstacle that is slowing down your research field right now?
My research relies on the project, so it is not easy to find a long term and stable position.
What’s your favorite food? Why?
I like spicy food as I was born in a family that are good at cooking spicy foods.
How do you relax after a hard day of work?
Movies and reading are my favorite ways to relax.
Fei is a postdoc in the SPHiNX group at KTH who joined the OKC in May 2016.
Thanks Fei, maybe we should all eat more spicy food to keep warm this winter!