Three new postdocs at CP3

September 4, 2018

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On August 1 Juri Smirnov began his second post doc at CP3-Origins. He did his PhD in Heidelberg, where his advisor was Prof. Manfred Lindner and worked for two years at the INFN division in Florence, with Michele Redi.
Juri Smirnov’s research area is the phenomenon of Dark Matter. Recently he and his collaborators studied in a series of paper the effects of bound state formation in Dark Sectors. It turns out that those complex phenomena are crucial for the relic abundance computation, in particular in the case that Dark Matter particles are heavier than the scale of electroweak interactions. In further research projects, he studied the phenomenon of massive gravity. He discussed various phenomenological implications of these theories in particular the effects on Dark Matter physics in the universe.

At the start of september, we were joined by Florian Niedermann and Manuel Reichert.

Florian obtained his PhD from the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, supervised by Professor Stefan Hofmann, where he worked on the problem of technical naturalness as it is posed by the observed value of the cosmological constant. In particular, he studied the theoretical and phenomenological prospects of models with large and infinite volume extra dimensions. After that Florian continued his research as a PostDoc in the Particle Theory Group in Nottingham, where his work had its focus on effective field theory and its applications to particle cosmology and beyond standard model physics.

Manuel Reichert is a PhD from Heidelberg University, where he worked with by Prof. Jan Pawlowski.
Manuel works in the area of asymptotically safe gravity-matter systems as well as electroweak baryogenesis. In the latter he focused on the measurable effects at the LHC and indeed generic models of electroweak baryogenesis predict a strongly enhanced Higgs self-coupling. In asymptotically safe quantum gravity he studied convergence properties of the UV fixed point and the compatibility with matter fields. The results indicate that the gravity-matter fixed point might be near-perturbative, which offers exciting possibilities to connect it with the IR phenomenology of the Standard Model.