The Oskar Klein Centre (formerly the CosmoParticle Collaboration) was appointed one of 20 new Linnaeus environments by the Swedish Research Council earlier this year and thereby received a financial support of 70 Mkr over a 10 year period. The Oskar Klein Centre is a distinguished research environment for high energy astrophysics and cosmology including researchers from both Stockholm University and the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH).

The centre is named after the prominent Swedish theoretical physicist Oskar Klein (1894-1977), who was a professor at Stockholm University for more than 30 years. In his research he showed amongst other things that extra spatial dimensions can be small and curled up, which is one of the fundamental ideas in string theory.

The official inauguration on November 26 gathered the involved researchers as well as representatives from both Stockholm University and KTH. Lena Gerholm, Pro Vice-Chancellor at Stockholm University, Gustav Amberg, Dean of the School of Engineering Sciences at KTH, Sven Mannervik, Director of the Department of Physics at Stockholm University, Göran Östlin, Director of the Department of Astronomy at Stockholm University, as well as the leader of the centre Lars Bergström delivered orations. Researchers in the collaboration also presented the different research areas in which the centre has leading expertise. From the Department of Astronomy, Claes Fransson, Garrelt Mellema, Jesper Sollerman and Göran Östlin lead some of these areas.

The researchers together seek the answers to some of the most fundamental questions about the nature of the Universe: What is dark energy? What and where is the dark matter? What physics lies behind the most energetic processes in the Universe such as supernovae, gamma-ray bursts and black holes? The money will be used to strengthen the collaboration environment in various ways, e.g. with new research positions. In a first step, up to seven post doc positions have been announced.

Oskar Klein Centre Contact:

Claes Fransson, Tel: 08-5537 8517, claes@astro.su.se