2017 was a very interesting year for transient astronomy, including OKC members contributions to papers on supernovae, the discovery of the gravitational wave signal from merging neutron stars, and the kickoff of the GREAT research environment.
Erin O’Sullivan is a postdoc working on neutrino astrophysics in the SU IceCube group. She likes exploring Stockholm and playing board games.
Fei Xie is a postdoc working on instrument simulations for the SPHiNX gamma-ray polarization satellite. She likes movies, reading, and spicy food.
Hoi-Fung David is an observer who seeks to understand gamma-ray burst emission mechanisms. He likes bouldering and science communication.
Mette is an observer who works with PoGO+ (a balloon-born experiment that measures polarized gamma-rays) and who loves to bake and eat sweets.
Luca is a theorist working at the interface of particle physics and cosmology who loves pizza and Stockholm.
The Stockholm University Physics and Astronomy departments have joined the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope collaboration. These researchers will use the observatory to help them better understand supernovae and to map the structure of the Universe.
The first results have just been released from XENON1T (“Xenon One Ton”), the most sensitive dark matter detection experiment in the world. The XENON collaboration contains scientists from 10 different countries, including a number of Oskar Klein Centre researchers.
Dr. Garrelt Mellema, Professor of Astronomy at Stockholm University, has been elected to the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences as a Swedish member in the class for astronomy and space science.