Thomas Døssing retires as Deputy Head of Institute – Niels Bohr Institute - University of Copenhagen

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07 October 2009

Thomas Døssing retires as Deputy Head of Institute

”It is a highly esteemed Deputy Head of Institute, who has chosen to step down from position where he has done an outstanding job”, says Head of Institute John Renner Hansen. 

For five years Thomas Døssing has been the Deputy Head of Institute for Education and a lot has happened in that time. ”It has been me who has sat with an overview over the teaching, so my task has been to inspire the educators and to try to create a unified whole, so that it hangs together for the students” explains Thomas Døssing, who also thinks that it has been very exciting to talk with representatives for the students and to follow initiatives for teaching in new areas of research. 

Researching the mysteries of physics
He has also eager to help new educators get off to a good start with their teaching. But now there will be more time for research – which he is also very enthusiastic about. Thomas Døssing already has his sights on a research area which he would like to explore - sonoluminescence – a strange phenomenon which no one can explain.

You take a portion of water and add a very small amount of gas and then vibrate the water at 20,000 vibrations a second. This causes the gas atoms to be pressed together and concentrate in an air bubble in the middle of the water. The vibrations cause the bubble has an inner temperature of between 10- to 20.000 degrees as well as to emit light. What is happening there? What is the mechanism behind the phenomenon? – that is what Thomas Døssing would like to investigate and find an explanation for. There are very conflicting theories about the phenomenon. 

Another area he would like to work with is the hydrodynamics in one of the CERN-experiments, called ALICE, where an attempt is being made to recreate the primordial soup that universe consisted of in the first seconds after the Big Bang 13,7 billion years ago. Thomas Døssing would like to find out how it is that the quark-gluon primordial soup began to form elements such as protons and electrons. So Thomas Døssing is going from being busy on one front to being busy on another front – researching the mysteries of physics.