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From the 1st of December, Jim Hinton director at the MPI für Kernphysik

24.11.2014 - (idw) Max-Planck-Institut für Kernphysik

New Division: Non-thermal Astrophysics

Prof. James A. Hinton has accepted the position as Scientific Member and Director at the Max-Planck-Institut für Kernphysik in Heidelberg. His division will focus on the origin and impact of ultra-relativistic cosmic particles the so-called 'cosmic rays'. Jim Hinton received his PhD from the University of Leeds in 1998 and worked on several gamma-ray and cosmic experiments as a post-doc and research fellow, based in the UK, the US and including a 4 year spell here at the MPIK (2002-2006). In 2010 he took up a Chair at the University of Leicester. Jim Hinton is an experimental astroparticle physicist whose work has been recognised by the award of four research prizes, most recently the Philip Leverhulme Prize and the Royal Society Wolfson Award.

The new division "Non-thermal Astrophysics" will focus on the origin and impact of ultra-relativistic cosmic particles the so-called 'cosmic rays'. Working closely together with the division of Werner Hofmann, the initial experimental focus will be on the Cherenkov Telescope Array (CTA) project. The MPIK instrumentation effort will be primarily on high-performance Cherenkov cameras for two of the three telescope types of the gamma-ray observatory, focusing on the medium to high energy (0.1-300 TeV) part of the CTA range. Data from CTA will be combined with that from other observatories, operating at all wavelengths from the radio to gamma-ray, to study cosmic particle acceleration and feedback on scales from clusters of galaxies down to the colliding winds of individual massive stars.
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