Martin S. Sloth receives grant from the Lundbeck Foundation

November 25, 2011

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What happened before Big Bang? Martin S. Sloth has received a Junior Group Leader Fellowship from the Lundbeck Foundation to research the big universal questions.

The 36-year-old cosmology researcher Martin S. Sloth from CERN and the University of Geneva now returns to Denmark. He has just received DKK 10 million from the Lundbeck Foundation to establish his own research group at University of Southern Denmark. The research group will integrate and extend the research activities of the Centre for Particle Physics phenomenology (CP3-Origins).

Martin S. Sloth and his research staff will try to answer the big universal questions by using data from the European Planck satellite. What happened before the Big Bang? What is the source of the birth of the universe? The precise measurements of the cosmic microwave background radiation can be the key to moving closer to an answer.

The newly established research group will explore what we can learn about the origins of the universe from the discoveries the Planck satellite record for us. The Planck satellite is a European satellite that measures the cosmic microwave background radiation with an extreme level of precision, and can thereby help us work with cosmology at a new level. It may prove to have major implications for our future understanding of the universe and its origins, says Martin S. Sloth.

Martin S. Sloth is a theoretical physicist trained at the Niels Bohr Institute, after which he became Fil. Dr. from Helsinki University in 2003. Martin comes from a position at CERN and the University of Geneva, and with the grant from the Lundbeck Foundation, he now has the opportunity to contribute to cosmology research at SDU as leader of the new research group.

The Lundbeck Foundation Jr. Group Leader Fellowship grant is administered over five years starting January 2012 and allows Martin S. Sloth’s research group to create three new postdoctoral positions and a PhD position.