Cosmologists at work

At the Institute of Theoretical Astrophysics the number of researchers is growing tremendously. Get to know five brilliant astrophysicists, their research, ambitions and stories.

From left: Maksym Brilenkov, Mathew Galloway, Ragnhild Aurlien, Stian Hartman and Marta B. Silva. Bottom image: NASA, ESA, and A. Feild (STScI)

In Autumn 2018 Maksym, Mathew, Ragnhild, Stian and Marta have started their researches in cosmology and extragalactic astronomy, deepening our knowledge of the Universe and its evolution from its "birth" to the present day.

Meet Maksym Brilenkov

Maksym is originally from Odesa, Ukraine. However he has spent the last four years around Europe: "So far, I've studied in Ukraine (Odesa National University), Lithuania (Vilnius University), Austria (Innsbruck University), Italy (University of Padova and University of Rome ‘Tor Vergata’) and Germany (University of Göttingen)."

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Meet Mathew Galloway

"My name is Mathew Galloway. I'm a Canadian who did a Bachelors degree at McGill University ('13) and finished my PhD at the University of Toronto ('19)." Since October 2018 Mathew has been the new postdoc in the cosmology group, working in improving "the maps of the universe" produced by the Planck satellite's Low Frequency  Instrument (LFI).

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Meet Ragnhild Aurlien

After a master in physics from NTNU in Trondheim, Ragnhild has been teaching for the last 7 years on three different high schools in Norway. Now she is back to be a student, looking for gravitational waves from the Big Bang.

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Meet Stian Hartman

Also Stian did his bachelor and master at NTNU: "my master thesis was on multicomponent superfluid Bose-Einstein Condensates. This is similar to my current project which is about superfluid dark matter".

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Meet Marta Bruno Silva

Marta is Portuguese, born in Almada, and studied Physics Engineering at Instituto Superior Tecnico - University of Lisbon. She has been studying and simulating the cosmological 21cm signal from the Epoch of Reionization since her master studies.

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By Martina D'Angelo
Published Mar. 5, 2020 12:33 PM - Last modified Mar. 9, 2020 10:44 AM