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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 am 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 IceCube Neutrino Observatory at the South Pole and the Cherenkov Telescope Array (I was earlier a member of the Pierre Auger Observatory collaboration).

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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 GmbH, 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 [Schrödinger Fellow, Dublin Inst. Advanced Studies]
Shaun Hotchkiss, 2006-10 [Research Fellow, Univ. of Auckland]
Philipp Mertsch, 2007-10 [Asst Prof, NBIA Copenhagen]
Seshadri Nadathur, 2007-11 [Marie Curie Fellow, Univ. of Portsmouth]
Felix Kahlhoefer, 2011-14 [Fellow, DESY Theory Group, Hamburg]
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


Augustinas Malinauskas, 2016- 14 (with U Haisch)

IUPAP WG10: AstroParticle Physics International Committee (APPIC)
ASPERA: Science Advisory Committee
ASTRONET: Science Vision, Panel A
Gruber Cosmology Prize: Advisory Board
Helmholtz Alliance for Astroparticle Physics: International Advisory Board
KM3NeT: Scientific & Technical Advisory Committee
Sant Cugat Forum on Astrophysics: International Advisory Committee

Particle Data Group: Astrophysics & Cosmology Section

Editorial Board:
European Journal of Physics C - Particles & Fields
Pramana: Journal of Physics

Organisation of Meetings:
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
International Conference on Cosmic Rays, Rio de Janeiro, 2-9 Jul 2013
Danish National Astronomy Meeting, Sandbjerg, 18-19 Jun 2013
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
Looking at the neutrino sky, ICTP Trieste, 20-24 Jun 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
2nd UniverseNet 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

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