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DARK News 2012/13

Johan Samsing receives the prestigious Einstein Fellowship

20 March 2014

Johan Samsing, who is just about to complete his PhD at Dark Cosmology Centre at the Niels Bohr Institute, has just been awarded one of the most prestigious research fellowships in astrophysics, the so-called ‘Einstein Fellowship’

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Stream of stars in Andromeda satellite galaxy shows cosmic collision

23 February 2014

The Andromeda Galaxy is surrounded by a swarm of small satellite galaxies. DARK researchers have detected a stream of stars in one of the Galaxy’s outer satellite galaxies, called Andromeda II. The movement of the stars tells us that what we are observing is the remnant of a merger between two dwarf galaxies

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Early galaxies grew massive through collisions

28 January 2014

New research from DARK and a group of collaborators shows that massive galaxies were formed by explosive star formation that was set in motion by the collision of galaxies a few billion years after the Big Bang

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Congratulations to DARK's PhD student Martina Falco

13 January 2014

Martina Falco successfully defended her PhD thesis "Dynamics of galaxy clusters and their outskirts: beyond the virialization regime" on Friday, 10 January 2014. Martina has been working at DARK since September 2010, with supervisor Steen Hansen

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Monster gamma-ray burst in our cosmic neighbourhood

21 November 2013

Gamma-ray bursts are violent bursts of gamma radiation associated with exploding massive stars. For the first time ever, researchers from DARK, among others, have observed an unusually powerful gamma-ray

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Welcome to Kasper Elm Heintz

11 November 2013

Welcome to DARK's new student helper Kasper Elm Heintz! Kasper started working at DARK on November 4th. Kasper is studying Physics at the University of Copenhagen and is specializing in astronomy. He is currently on his ...

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Darach Watson receives Lundbeck Foundation Research Prize

31 October 2013

Darach Watson has been awarded the Lundbeck Foundation Research Prize for Young Scientists for his outstanding and innovative research in astrophysics, where he has developed a groundbreaking method for measuring distances in the cosmos

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Welcome Jesús Zavala Franco

22 October 2013

Jesús Zavala Franco starts this week as a DARK Fellow.  Most recently, Jesús was a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, Waterloo, Canada.

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Nature: new understanding of star death

17 October 2013

An international team including DARK Affiliated Scientist, Giorgos Leloudas (Oskar Klein Center), studied two super-luminous supernovae for more than a year and found that their origins may be explained by a type of explosion within the star’s core which creates an extremely dense and rapidly spinning magnetic star. The results were published this week in the journal Nature.

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Welcome Julie Wardlow

30 September 2013

Julie Wardlow joins the center as an independent DARK Fellow.  Julie got her PhD from Durham University in 2010 and since has been a postdoctoral research scholar at the University of California, Irvine. Her interests include galaxy evolution...

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Welcome Jun Yi (Kevin) Koay

30 September 2013

Welcome to post doc Jun Yi (Kevin) Koay. Kevin got his PhD in 2012 in astrophysics at Curtin University in Australia. He joins DARK to work on observational projects related to ALMA observations of quasars with Marianne Vestergaard and others.

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Congratulations to Troels Paarup!

23 September 2013

Congratulations to Troels Paarup, who successfully defended his Master’s thesis Friday 13 September 2013. Troels has been working on a project with the title “Quasar K-correction in the UV-optical spectral region and broad...

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Welcome Anders Pinzke

09 September 2013

Anders Pinzke starts at DARK this week as a Swedish Research Council Fellow. Anders got his PhD in theoretical physics in Stockholm in 2010 and since has been a post doc at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

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Welcome Caroline Heneka

27 August 2013

Caroline Heneka starts September 1st as a PhD student working with David Rapetti. Caroline got her Master’s degree at the University of Heidelberg working in cosmology and Bayesian statistics...

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Welcome to PhD student Jens Juel Jensen

27 August 2013

Jens Juel Jensen starts September 1st as a PhD student working with Marianne Vestergaard. Jens got his Master’s degree at the Niels Bohr Institute in August 2012 where he was working with Marianne on a project characterizing the velocity field of...

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New DARK Fellow, Sebastian Hönig

27 August 2013

DARK welcomes Sebastian Hönig, who starts at DARK on September 1st as an independent DARK Fellow. Sebastian finished his PhD in 2008 at the Max-Planck-Institute for Radio Astronomy at the University of Bonn...

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Welcome to Professor Per Lilje, sabbatical

12 August 2013

DARK welcomes Per Lilje, who will spend his 2013-14 sabbatical year at DARK. Per is Professor at the University of Oslo and was Head of Department, Institute of Theoretical Astrophysics there from 2005-2012.

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Quasar observed in 6 separate light reflections

07 August 2013

Using a special method where you observe light that has been bent by gravity on its way through the universe, a group of astrophysics students from NBI have observed a quasar whose light has been deflected and reflected in

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Nature: Short-duration GRBs explained

22 July 2013

DARK's Professor Jens Hjorth is among researchers publishing this week in Nature.  They present the strongest evidence yet that short-duration gamma ray bursts are produced by the merger of two small, super-dense stellar objects.

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Welcome to Camilla Holbæk Pearson

18 July 2013

Welcome to DARK's new student assistant, Camilla Holbæk Pearson! Camilla will be working in the DARK administration starting from Monday 22 July 2013. Camilla is studying Veterinary Medicine at the University of Copenhagen...

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New knowledge about early galaxies

03 July 2013

Using new detailed studies carried out with the ESO Very Large Telescope and the Hubble Space Telescope, researchers from DARK have studied an early galaxy in unprecedented detail. Led by PhD student, Jens-Kristian Krogager...

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Congratulations to DARK's master's student Simone Juul Jakobsen!

21 June 2013

Congratulations to DARK's Master's student, Simone Juul Jakobsen, who succesfully defended her thesis Friday 21 June 2013. Simone has worked on supernova remnants and pulsar wind nebulae in the Norma region, and her work has partly...

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DARK researchers launch project on gender and science

12 June 2013

Social scientist Beate Sløk- Andersen is visiting DARK for the month of June to prepare a research project with DARK staff on gender and science in the European Union. Inspired by the work of Wennerås and Wold...

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Congratulations to Daniel Lawther!

10 May 2013

Congratulations to DARK's master's student, Daniel Lawther, who successfully defended his master's thesis Friday, 10 May 2013. He has been working with Marianne Vestergaard on a project on the imaging of FeLoBAL quasar host galaxies.

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Welcome to PhD student Jonatan Selsing

21 April 2013

Jonatan Selsing starts this week as a 4+4 PhD student working with Lise Christensen. Jonatan has just finished his 1st year as master's student in astronomy at the Niels Bohr Intitute. Jonatan will be working on a project to investigate host galaxies...

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Hubble breaks record for furthest supernova

04 April 2013

The Hubble Space Telescope has broken the record in the quest to find the furthest supernova of the type used to measure cosmic distances. This supernova exploded more than 10 billion years ago (redshift 1.914), at a time the Universe was in its early formative years and stars were being born at a rapid rate.

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Barrel-shaped blast debris may signal black hole creation

12 February 2013

Using data from Chandra, Spitzer and VLA, a group of scientists led by Laura Lopez (MIT) and including DARK master's student, Sarah Pearson, suggest that a highly distorted supernova remnant may contain the most recent black hole formed in the Galaxy...

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Welcome to Kristian Finlator!

01 February 2013

Welcome to new postdoctoral DARK Fellow, Kristian Finlator, who starts his position at DARK February 1st. Kristian obtained his PhD degree in Astronomy from the University of Arizona in 2009. Since then he has been a Hubble Fellow...

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Welcome to Moire Prescott!

01 February 2013

Welcome to new postdoctoral DARK Fellow, Moire Prescott, who starts her position 1 February 2013. Moire finished her PhD in 2009 from the University of Arizona, where she worked with Dr. Arjun Dey on the space density, environments...

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Welcome DARK Fellow, Matteo Barnabè

28 November 2012

DARK welcomes Matteo Barnabè, who starts at DARK on  December 1st as a independent DARK Fellow, a shared position with the Niels Bohr International Academy. Matteo got his PhD in 2009 from the University of Groningen, and since then he has been research fellow at KAVLI, Stanford.

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Anja von der Linden new Brahe Fellow

05 November 2012

Anja von der Linden starts her term as as Sophie and Tycho Brahe Fellow, a joint fellowship with Kavli Institute of Particle Astro-physics and Cosmology (KIPAC) at Stanford University. 

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Welcome to Dong XU

01 November 2012

DARK welcomes Dong Xu, whos starts at DARK on 1 November 2012 as a post doc. He will be working with ground-based follow-up of gamma- ray bursts using X-shooter. Dong got his PhD at DARK in 2009...

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Welcome Carlsberg Fellow, Ole Høst

01 October 2012

Ole Høst joins DARK on October 1st to work on a Carlsberg-funded project, "Galaxy cluster lensing: Quantifying systematic uncertainties". Ole got his master's degree in astrophysics at University College London...

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Welcome DARK Fellow, Nicola Amorisco

01 October 2012

Nicola Amorisco joins the Centre as an independent DARK Fellow. Nicola finished his Master's degree in theoretical physics at the University of Pisa and last month, his PhD at the Institute of Astronomy at Cambridge...

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Nature: Early galaxy now in view

20 September 2012

DARK Fellow Claudio Grillo and former DARK PhD student, Ole Høst (UC London) are among authors of a letter in this week's Nature, describing the new observations of a galaxy with a cosmic age of less than 500 million years.

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Congratulations to Maria Strandet Jensen

04 September 2012

Congratulations to Maria Strandet Jensen, who succesfully defended her Master's thesis Monday 3 September 2012. Maria has been working with Thomas R. Greve on a project about the properties of BzK galaxies...

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Congratulations to Jens Juel Jensen

30 August 2012

Congratulations to Jens Juel Jensen, who succesfully defended his Master's thesis Thursday 30 August 2012. Jens has been working with Marianne on a project characterizing the velocity field og the broad line region in quasars....

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Congratulations to Mette Friis

21 August 2012

Congratulations to Mette Friis, who succesfully defended her Master's thesis Tuesday 21 August 2012. Mette has been working with Darach on a project about thermal emission in gamma-ray bursts. She is planning to do her PhD at...

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Congratulations to Bitten Gullberg Nielsen

13 August 2012

Congratulations to Bitten Gullberg Nielsen, who succesfully defended her Master's thesis Monday 13 August 2012. Bitten has been working with Thomas R. Greve on a project about the star formation in distant massive galaxies...

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Welcome to Sangeeta Malhotra and James Rhoads

01 August 2012

Sangeeta Malhotra and James Rhoads, both Associate Professors at Arizona State University in the USA, will spend their sabbatical at DARK this year. They, along with their family, have arrived in Copenhagen and are getting settled...

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Congratulations to Elisabet Liljeblad

29 June 2012

Congratulations to Elisabet Liljeblad, who succesfully defended her Master's thesis Monday 25 June 2012. Elisabet has been working with Kristian Pedersen on the estimation of galaxy cluster masses, and is now looking for a PhD position...

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Congratulations to Kristoffer Stensbo-Smidt

01 June 2012

Congratulations to Kristoffer Stensbo-Smidt, who successfully defended his Master's thesis Tuesday 29 May 2012. Kristoffer has been working with DARK's Brahe Fellow, Berian James, on a project about the large scale structure of the Universe...

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Welcome to Tomo Goto

28 May 2012

Dr. Tomotsugu Goto starts on Thursday as a DARK Fellow.  Tomo was most recently a postdoctral fellow, Institute for Astronomy, University of Hawaii. He finished his PhD at the University of Tokyo in 2003...

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Baby galaxies grew up quickly

16 May 2012

Baby galaxies from the young Universe more than 12 billion years ago evolved faster than previously thought, shows new research from DARK. This means that already in the early history of the Universe...

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Welcome to Matteo Cataneo

02 May 2012

DARK welcomes Matteo Cataneo, who starts at DARK on Wednesday 2 May 2012. He will start a position as a 3 year PhD student working with David Rapetti. Matteo obtained his master's degree from Università degli studi di Milano...

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DARK welcomes the next generation

30 April 2012

On April 11th the Tiger class of 3-5 year olds from Stepping Stones international preschool came to visit the Dark Cosmology Centre to learn about the solar system. DARK researchers are used to giving talks at international  conferences...

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Johan Fynbo appointed professor of astrophysics

26 April 2012

The Professorship is with special responsibilities (MSO) and is connected with Johan Fynbo’s ERC project about galaxies in the early universe. In the research project, he is working with observations from the first galaxies...

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UltraVISTA - a treasure trove of data released to the community

21 March 2012

ESO’s VISTA telescope has created the deepest wide-angle view of the sky ever made using infrared light. Data from the VISTA surveys are being processed in data centres around Europe, are flowing back into the ESO science archive...

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Fynbo recognized by the World Cultural Council

20 March 2012

Professor Johan P.U. Fynbo is being honored by the World Cultural Council as a talented researcher who has had international impact.  The WCC awards take place on Wednesday, 18 April at Aarhus University, in conjunction with the Danish EU Presidency.

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Researchers map dark matter in 3-D

15 March 2012

Two teams of astronomers have used data from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and other telescopes to map the distribution of dark matter in a galaxy cluster known as Abell 383, which is located about 2.3 billion light years from Earth.

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Welcome to Claudio Grillo

09 March 2012

Welcome to Claudio Grillo, who started his DARK Fellow position 13 March 2012. Claudio's research focuses on strong gravitational lensing and observational cosmology in galaxies and clusters of galaxies. He is particularly interested in...

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Chryssa Kouveliotou - 2012 Dannie Heineman Prize in Astrophysics

20 February 2012

Congratulations to NASA Researcher (and DARK Advisory Committee member), Chryssa Kouvelioutou, who has been awarded the Heineman Prize by the American Institute of Physics and American Astronomical Society.

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Hjorth and Toft win the Jens Martin Prize for Teaching

02 February 2012

Hjorth and Toft win the Jens Martin Prize for TeachingSune Toft and Jens Hjorth were awarded this year's Jens Martin Prize, which recognizes excellence in teaching at the Niels Bohr Institute, for their Cosmology course (astro 1) taught to bachelor's students every spring.

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Anja C. Andersen named Faculty of Science Communicator of the Year

03 January 2012

DARK's Anja C. Andersen has been awarded the 2011 Science Communication Award by the University's Faculty of Science. Anja C. Andersen is an astrophysicist who studies stardust and is also a star communicator. She is...

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Welcome Søren Granat

02 January 2012

Søren Jøns son Granat has joined the Space Science Center and DARK from the beginning of the year. Søren will be working with communication strategies, primarily linking the Space Science Center to Danish space companies in an effort...

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