09 July 2008

Nils Olsen new professor at the Niels Bohr Institute

Nils Olsen has been appointed as adjunct professor of geomagnetism at the Niels Bohr Institute at the University of Copenhagen.

Nils Olsen is a geophysicist and researches the Earth’s magnetic field, which protects the Earth from high energy radiation from space and especially the sun. He was educated in Germany at Göttingen, the ‘birthplace’ of geomagnetism, where, in the 1800s, Carl Friedrich Gauss discovered a method for measuring the Earth’s magnetic field.

In 1993 Nils Olsen chose to move to Denmark in order to work with the Ørsted Satellite and the measuring of the magnetic north pole, which has moved from northern Canada over the Arctic Ocean and is now on its way towards Siberia.

In the future, he will be working with the Ørsted Satellite’s replacement, the SWARM Satellite, which will be launched in 2010. It consists of three satellites, two of which fly side by side and create a sort of ‘stereo-vision’, which can provide many more details about the Earth’s magnetic field.

Nils Olsen is employed as a senior researcher at DTU Space (previously the Danish National Space Center) and will continue in his position there while serving as adjunct professor at the Niels Bohr Institute.