Subir Sarkar

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Subir Sarkar

Head, Particle Theory Group

I was educated in India, at the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur and obtained my PhD (1982) at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Bombay, where I was a staff member 1979-84. Subsequently I held visiting positions at CERN Geneva, Oxford Astrophysics, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, and also worked in science education at Eklavya, Bhopal. Since 1990 I have been at Oxford - first as Glasstone Research Fellow, then PPARC Advanced Fellow, appointed University Lecturer (1998) and Professor (2006). I am an Associate of the Discovery Centre and Niels Bohr Professor at the Niels Bohr International Academy, both at the Niels Bohr Institute, Copenhagen where I now spend half my time building up an Astroparticle Physics Group.

My research interests are at the interface between fundamental physics and astrophysics & cosmology - specifically theoretical aspects of dark matter, inflation and large-scale structure formation, the cosmology of neutrinos and other relic particles, primordial nucleosynthesis, cosmic microwave background et cetera. I am also interested in high energy cosmic rays, neutrinos and gamma-rays and participate in the experiments Pierre Auger Observatory in Argentina (ended), IceCube Neutrino Observatory at the South Pole and the Cherenkov Telescope Array to be built in Chile and Spain.

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Undergraduate Course:
Special Relativity (until 2002)

Graduate Course:
Astroparticle Physics (2011-)

Graduate Students:
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Kevin Benson, 1991-93 [Morgan Stanley?, New York]
Jenni Adams, 1992-95 [Assoc. Prof., Univ. of Canterbury, Christ Church]
Sebastian Larsson, 1993-98 [IT industry, Reading]
Michael Birkel, 1994-97 [Managing Partner, Augustus Consulting, Munich]
Fermin Viniegra, 1997-2001 [Lecturer, Trinity College Dublin?]
Mario Santos, 1999-2002 [Professor, Univ. of Western Cape, SA ]
David Skinner, 1999-2003 [Lecturer, DAMTP Cambridge]
Paul Hunt, 2000-06 [RA, Ludwig-Maxmillians University, Munich]
Andrew M Taylor, 2003-06 [Scientist, DESY, Zeuthen]
Shaun Hotchkiss, 2006-10 [Research Fellow, Univ. of Auckland]
Philipp Mertsch, 2007-10 [Asst Prof, RWTH, Aachen]
Seshadri Nadathur, 2007-11 [Marie Curie Fellow, Univ. of Portsmouth]
Felix Kahlhoefer, 2011-14 [Fellow, RWTH, Aachen]
Kyle Allison, 2010-14 (with G Ross) [IT industry, Cambridge]
Jim Talbert, 2012-16 (with G Bell) [Fellow, DESY Theory Group, Hamburg]
David Kraljic, 2012-16 [Researcher, Robotics Lab., Univ. of Ljubljana]
Jeppe Trøst Nielsen (NBI), 2013-17


Amel Durakovic (NBI), 2013-

Scientific Advisory Panel, Institute of Physics, Universiteit Van Amsterdam (2016-)
IUPAP WG10: AstroParticle Physics International Committee (APPIC) (2014-)
ASPERA: Science Advisory Committee (2007-12)
ASTRONET: Science Vision, Panel A (2006-08)
Gruber Cosmology Prize: Advisory Board (2014-)
Helmholtz Alliance for Astroparticle Physics: International Advisory Board (2012-17)
KM3NeT: Scientific & Technical Advisory Committee (2013-)
Sant Cugat Forum on Astrophysics: International Advisory Committee (2012-)

Particle Data Group: Astrophysics & Cosmology Section (2001-)

Editorial Board:
European Journal of Physics C - Particles & Fields (2012-15)
Pramana: Journal of Physics (2013-)
SciPost Physics (2017-)

Organisation of Meetings:
Workshop on Self-interacting Dark Matter, Copenhagen, 31 Jul-4 Aug 2017
Nordic Winter School on Cosmology & Particle Physics, 2-7 Jan 2017
Neutrinos Underground & in the Heavens II, Copenhagen, 1-5 Aug 2016
IceCube Fall Collaboration Meeting, Copenhagen, 10-18 Oct 2015
NBIA-Oxford Colloquium, Copenhagen, 13-15 Apr 2015
DM@LHC Workshop, Oxford, 25-27 Sep 2014
The Standard Model & Beyond, Corfu, 3-14 Sep 2014
Workshop on Cosmology & Astroparticle Physics, Copenhagen, 18-22 Aug 2014
Neutrinos Underground & in the Heavens, Copenhagen, 23-27 Jun 2014
TeV Particle Astrophysics, Mumbai, 10-14 Dec 2012
New paths to particle dark matter, Oxford, 29-30 Mar 2012
GrahamFest, Oxford, 29-30 Sep 2012
Dark Matter underground and in the heavens, CERN Geneva, 18-29 Jul 2011
Probing physics beyond the Standard Model with CTA, Abingdon, 12 Nov 2010
4th UniverseNet School on Particle Cosmology, Lecce, 13-18 Sep 2010
3rd UniverseNet School on Particle Cosmology, Barcelona, 28 Sep-2 Oct 2009
2ndUniverseNet School on Particle Cosmology, Oxford, 22-27 Sep 2008
Astroparticle Physics UK, Oxford, 18-20 Jun 2008
Astroparticle Theory Discussion Workshop, Oxford, 17 Mar 2008
IoP/RAS Discussion Meeting on Dark Matter, London, 26 Nov 2007
1st UniverseNet School on Particle Cosmology, Mytilene, 24-29 Sep 2007
UK Neutrino Network Meeting, Oxford, 29 November 2006
Dalitz Memorial Meeting, Oxford, 3 Jun 2006
IceCube Collaboration Workshop, Oxford, 21-24 Sep 2005
The World according to WMAP, Abingdon, 7-8 Jun 2003
Supersymmetry and the Early Universe, Oxford, 26-29 Sep 2002
New Horizons in Neutrino Physics, Abingdon, 8-9 May 1999

Advisory Committee
Danish National Astronomy Meeting, Sandbjerg, 18-19 Jun 2013
International Conference on Cosmic Rays, Rio de Janeiro, 2-9 Jul 2013
Looking at the neutrino sky, ICTP Trieste, 20-24 Jun 2011

Organisation of Seminars:
Theoretical Particle Physics Seminar
Dalitz Seminar in Fundamental Physics