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17 January 2012

Six new Professors and Assistant Professors at NBI

Ian Bearden has been appointed Professor MSO (with special duties)

Ian Bearden

Ian Bearden is a particle physicist with a PhD from Purdue University, Indiana, USA. He arrived at the Niels Bohr Institute in 1994. Ian Bearden's research is in the field of ultra relativistic heavy ion physics. In this field, collisions between extremely energetic nuclei are used to create matter like that which existed in the first few microseconds of the universe's history. 

Such experiments will help in understanding how matter made up of solely of quarks and gluons behaves.  He is a member of the HEHI group, the Discovery Center, and the ALICE collaboration at CERN. The MSO-professorship is with special responsibilities for education and teaching. 

Charlotte Fløe Kristjansen has been appointed Professor of Theoretical Particle Physics

Charlotte Fløe Kristjansen

Charlotte Fløe Kristjansen received her PhD from the Niels Bohr Institute in 1993 and was then a postdoc at the Saclay Institute in Paris, at the Tokyo Institute of Technology and at Nordita, where she later became an associate professor. She has also been a guest researcher at the Max Planck Institute in Potsdam.

She has been an associate professor at NBI since 2006. Charlotte Fløe Kristjansen's current research concerns the relation between gauge theory, string theory and integrable spin chains. She previously worked on discrete models of quantum gravity and on random matrices.


Poul Henrik Damgaard has been appointed Professor of Theoretical Particle Physics

Poul Henrik Damgaard

Poul Henrik Damgaard is a physicist from the Niels Bohr Institute and received a PhD in 1982 from Cornell University in the USA. He then worked at Nordita, CERN and Uppsala University.

Since 1995, he has been employed at the Niels Bohr Institute, where he became Head of the Niels Bohr International Academy in 2007 and Professor MSO in 2010.

Poul Henrik Damgaard is a theoretical particle physicist and works with analytical calculations for lattice gauge theory simulations, Random Matrix Theory techniques applied to the theory of strong interactions, amplitude calculations relevant for the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN.

Niels Obers has been appointed as Professor of Theoretical Particle Physics

Niels Obers

Niels Obers is from Holland and received his PhD from the University of California, Berkeley in 1991. He has since worked at the University of Bonn, Ecole Polytechnique in Paris, CERN in Geneva, Nordita in Copenhagen and at the University of Utrecht. In 2002 he came to NBI.

Niels Obers' research centers around string theory, gravity and supersymmetric quantum field theories, In particular, the analysis of black holes and their thermodynamic properties, along with their application to thermal field theories via the holographic correspondence between gravity and field theory. This gives new insights into strongly coupled thermal field theories, which are relevant for particle physics and possibly solid-state systems. Holography could also be used to gain new knowledge about the structure of space-time and mysteries related to the quantum nature of black holes.

Bo Vinther has been appointed Associate Professor at the Centre for Ice and Climate

Bo Vinther

Bo Vinther finished his PhD at the Niels Bohr Institute in 2006. Since then he has been a postdoc, first at the University of East Anglia and thereafter at the Centre for Ice and Climate at the Niels Bohr Institute.

Bo Vinther is working with highly resolved stable isotope data from Greenland ice cores, especially on the relationship between the isotope data, past Greenland temperature changes and past Greenland ice sheet elevation changes.

Bo Vinther is also heavily involved in the creation of a common time scale for Greenland and Antarctic ice cores.


Anders Svensson has been appointed Associate Professor at the Centre for Ice and Climate

Anders Svensson

Anders Svensson is a geophysicist and received his PhD from here in 1998 and has since worked at Ice and Climate, where he has participated in several drilling projects through the Greenland Ice Sheet.

Anders Svensson has 15 years of experience in ice core research, where he has specialized in the climate of the past and dating of the ice, along with the physical properties of the ice and its impurities.

In addition, he works on linking together data from ice cores, stalagmites and sediment cores from lakes and oceans.