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Meet our new faculty member: Assistant Professor of Physics Bjoern Penning

As part of our series profiling new professors, Bjoern Penning talked with BrandeisNOW about his field and research. 

BNOW: How did you become interested in your field/research area?

Penning: I have been interested in physics and astrophysics for almost as long as I can remember. Back in elementary school, I started doing astronomy in my backyard, and later in high school, I read popular books about cosmology and particle physics. Despite a brief flirtation with medical school, it was always clear to me that I would go on to study physics. During my doctorate and postdoc years, I worked in collider physics, in particular on the hunt for the Higgs boson particle. After the discovery of the Higgs, I turned towards searches for dark matter that connect both particle physics and astrophysics.

BNOW: What was your favorite course as a college student?

Penning:  I majored in physics with minors in math and computer science. I most enjoyed the courses that involved actual research and computer science. The latter served me particularly well because graduate work in science requires coding and data analysis.

Astrophysics - Bookshelf


Astrophysics for People in a Hurry
144 pages
Astrophysics for People in a Hurry

While you wait for your morning coffee to brew, for the bus, the train, or a plane to arrive, Astrophysics for People in a Hurry will reveal just what you need to be fluent and ready for the next cosmic headlines: from the Big Bang to black ...

Astrophysics, Stars and Galaxies
558 pages
Astrophysics, Stars and Galaxies

This Book Introduces The Subject Of Astrophysics To Honours And Post-Graduate Students Of Physics, Without The Necessity Of Their Being Familiar With All The Practical Details Of Modern Astronomical Techniques Of Observation And Deduction ...

Astrophysics: A Very Short Introduction
144 pages
Astrophysics: A Very Short Introduction

Astrophysics is said to have been born when Isaac Newton saw an apple drop in his orchard and had the electrifying insight that the Moon falls just like that apple.

Astrophysics, A New Approach
184 pages
Astrophysics, A New Approach

This text is unique in covering the basic qualitative and quantitative tools, formulae as well as numbers, needed to for the precise interpretation of frontline phenomena.

Physics and Astrophysics of Ultra High Energy Cosmic Rays
328 pages
Physics and Astrophysics of Ultra High Energy Cosmic Rays

It emphasizes the strong interdisciplinarity of this topic and highlights the many open questions. This volume is intended for students entering this field and for professional astronomers and particle and theoretical physicists.

Astrophysics - News


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Search for life is top priority in NASA's 30-year astrophysics plan
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NASA ROSES-13 Amendment: revised text: Appendix D.8 the Strategic ...
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