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    New VR research environment grant will focus on axions

    The Oskar Klein Centre and Stockholm University will become a hub for axion research beginning now in 2020 thanks to a new Research Environment grant from the Swedish Research Council. A theoretical particle so far, the axion was introduced to explain why the strong force works the same both backwards and forwards in time and is also considered a serious dark matter candidate. The discovery of a cosmic axion background, or the ability to rule it out, would be an important result for both Standard Model physics and dark matter searches.

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    New observations shed light on most powerful explosions in the Universe

    Gamma-ray bursts arise from the most powerful explosions in the known Universe, and are linked to the birth of a black hole. New observations reveal that they are even more powerful than expected, and emit radiation at higher energies than previously known. The detections, made by two different ground-based telescopes, provide new insights into the mechanisms driving gamma-ray bursts.

    Close-up of the upper arc segment, containing six (complete or partial) images of the galaxy.

    Astronomers find galaxy revealing its innermost secrets – in 12 copies

    An international group of astronomers, led by Thøger Emil Rivera-Thorsen from the Oskar Klein Centre, have found a distant galaxy which has a rarely seen hole in its interstellar gas, allowing a direct view to the hot, massive stars at its very center. Luckily this galaxy is lensed by a foreground galaxy cluster and the resulting 12 images of the original galaxy can be studied in great detail.

    An image of Sheng Yang


    Interview with Sheng Yang

    Sheng is a postdoc in the SU Astronomy Department who is hunting for electromagnetic counterparts to gravitational wave sources. He's ready to start learning to make Swedish food.