CV

  • Name Peter Laursen
  • Nationality Danish
  • Position Astrophysicist (postdoctoral researcher)
  • Contact informationReach me here
  • Spouse Rikke Cederkvist
  • Children Iris & Sigurd
    (Paternity) leave 2009 (4 months)
2017 (5 + 3 months)
2018 (3 months)


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Academic record

2020 - present:  Senior scientific and communication coordinator at the Cosmic Dawn Center, Copenhagen.
2016 - 2020:  Postdoc at Institutt for teoretisk astrofysikk, Oslo.
2015 - 2016:  Sysadmin / IT support at the Dark Cosmology Centre (DARK), Copenhagen.
2012 - 2015:  Postdoc at DARK, Copenhagen.
2010 - 2012:  Postdoc at the Oskar Klein Centre, Stockholm
2007 - 2010:  Ph.D. student in astrophysics, DARK, Copenhagen.
Three months were spent at The Excellence Cluster Universe, Garching.
2004 - 2006:  M.Sc. student in astrophysics, DARK (average grade 13/13).
1999 - 2002:  B.Sc. student in physics/mathematics, Roskilde University, Roskilde.

Research fields

See a detailed description of my research here.

Summary of fields:

  • Lyman α radiative transfer
  • Galaxy formation
  • Galaxies at high and low redshifts
  • Reionization
  • Interstellar medium
  • Intergalactic medium
  • Emission from damped Lyα absorbers
  • Compton scattering in gamma-ray bursts

Publications

See the full list of publications here.

See them on NASA/ADS.

Summary (August 2020):

  • Total number of authored and co-authored refereed publications: 41
  • Total number of citations: 2647
  • First-author publications: 7 (511 citations)
  • Second-author papers: 5
  • h-index: 27
  • Non-refereed publications: 9 (+ several popular science articles)

Awards & achievements

In addition to three grants for independent research as a postdoc/fellow at OKC (2 yr), DARK (3 yr), and ITA (3 yr), respectively, I was in

Invited talks & seminars
Teaching & supervision

Public outreach

See full summary of my outreach activities here.

  • Popular science talks
    • Regular talks about galaxies, cosmology, and other astronomy-related topics to high school students, astronomy associations, and the general public
  • Media
    • Regular interviews in radio shows, video, newspapers, and online science sites
  • Questions & answers
  • Popular science articles
    • Online and in science magazines
  • Miscellaneous
    • Tweeting about astronomy:
    • Designed posters and flyers on astronomy, arranged astronomy workshops, participated in public debates on science, created astronomy art, …

Academic activities
  • Scientific referee for
    • The Astrophysical Journal
    • Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
    • Astronomy & Astrophysics
  • Scientific Organizing Committees
  • Other organizational work & memberships
    • 2020 -: Organizing a weekly journal club at DAWN
    • 2019 - : Junior member of the International Astronomical Union (profile)
    • 2012 - 2015: Organized a daily, half-hour paper discussion session at DARK.
  • Observational experience
    • The 2.5m Nordic Optical Telescope, La Palma (25 nights)
    • The IAC 80cm, Tenerife (6 nights)
    • The Danish 1.5m, La Silla (15 nights)
    • The ESO 2.2m, La Silla (8 nights)
  • Attended conferences, workshops, etc.
Coding skills & software
  • Fortran (for quickness)
  • Python (for everything else)
  • IDL (abandoned due to Python)
  • Shell scripting (small tasks for facilitating everyday life)
  • IRAF, ds9, and other astronomical software (basic knowledge)
  • html/css/Javascript (to the extent seen on this site)
Miscellaneous
  • Languages
    • Danish (mother tongue)
    • English (fluently)
    • Swedish/Norwegian ("it's basically Danish")
    • German (moderately)
    • Spanish (but only in the present and perfect tense)
  • Personal interests
  • Social networks