14 May 2009

Troels C. Petersen receives 10 million kr. from the Lundbeck Foundation

The prominent young physicist, Troels C. Petersen receives 10 million kr. from the Lundbeck Foundation for the research project 'Searching for Dark Matter at CERN's LHC accelerator'.

Troels Petersen is a trained physicist from the Niels Bohr Institute at the University of Copenhagen, where he received his Master's degree in 2001. He received his PhD in particle physics from the Laboratoire de l’Accélérateur Linéaire, LAL University in Paris and has since worked at the Niels Bohr Institute, in San Francisco, and at the University of Sydney in Australia and has been in Switzerland at the European Organization for Nuclear Research, CERN, for four years.

"When the Large Hadron Collider, the LHC-accelerator at CERN starts up in the fall, it will be the beginning of a whole new era in particle physics - an era of unraveling physics beyond the Standard Model of particle physics in the search for the origin of the mysterious dark matter of the universe", explains Troels Petersen in his project description.

The grant from The Lundbeck Foundation Junior Group Leader Fellowship consists of 10 million kr. over five years and covers his salary, operating expenses as well as two post doc positions and two PhD students. 

Meteoric career
Troels Petersen will start on January 1, 2010. He will be based at the Niels Bohr Institute and the research group will be an integrated part of the High Energy Physics group HEP, which works with the ATLAS experiment at the LHC-accelerator at CERN in Genève, Switzerland.

Besides 'smashing particles together in order to find out what it is all really about', as he so colorfully describes his meteoric career, his hobbies are squash, football, sailing, literature, travelling as well as the somewhat extreme hobby of climbing on city roofs at night.