Two new Royal Society University Research Fellows in DAMTP
Dr Anders Hansen and Dr Sijme-Jan Paardekooper of DAMTP have both been awarded Royal Society University Research Fellowships in this year's competition. These Fellowships are highly competitive, with approximately 30 awarded each year, across all all areas of the life and physical sciences, including mathematics and engineering. The Fellowships are intended for outstanding scientists at an early stage of their career who have the potential to become leaders in their field.
Dr Hansen completed his PhD in DAMTP and then moved to Caltech as von Karman Fellow, before returning to Cambridge as a Research Fellow of Homerton College. His research is in computational mathematics and includes applied harmonic analysis, mathematical signal processing with emphasis on sampling theory and compressed sensing as well as spectral theory, computability theory, complexity theory and numerical analysis. This is a rapidly growing area of mathematics with enormous applications ranging from medical imaging to signal processing.
Dr Paardekooper completed his PhD at Leiden and then moved to DAMTP as a postdoc in the Astrophysics group. For the last three years he has held a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship funded by the Science and Technology Facilities Council. He works on developing models of how planets form around newborn stars. Among the more than 700 extrasolar planets known today there are many unusual and extreme planets: planets extremely close to their star, planets extremely far away from their star, and even planets in close binary systems. Dr Paardekooper will construct detailed numerical models to see if we can understand the formation of these extreme planets.