My name is Riccardo Catena, Associate Professor and leader of a research group consisting of 1 postdoc, 2 PhD students and 2 master students at the Department of Physics, Chalmers University of Technology (Chalmers), Sweden. I received the habilitation (venia legendi) at the University of Göttingen, Germany, in 2014 and was promoted to oavlönad docent at Chalmers in 2016. Habilitation and "docentur" represent the highest levels of pedagogical qualification in Germany and Sweden, respectively. Since 2017, I am an elected member of the board of the Section for Elementary Particle and Astroparticle Physics of the Swedish Physical Society. My research is funded by an individual research project grant of the Swedish Research Council and I am co-PI in a research project financed by the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation.
My field of research is astroparticle physics – the area of basic science lying at the interface of particle physics, astrophysics and cosmology. My contributions to this field range from the theoretical modelling of physical systems or phenomena which cannot be described by the Standard Model of particle physics, to the interpretation of cosmological and astrophysical data on the origin, composition and evolution of our Universe and of its constituents. Currently, my research focuses on one of the major unsolved mysteries in modern physics: dark matter. There is incontrovertible evidence for the presence of invisible mass, or dark matter, in our Universe. Evidence is based on the observation of unexpected gravitational effects in extremely different physical systems, including galaxies, galaxy clusters, the Cosmic Microwave Background and the large scale structure of the Universe. While the European space satellite Planck has conclusively shown that dark matter constitutes about 85% of all matter in the Universe, its nature remains a mystery. What is dark matter made of? Addressing this question, I am especially interested in modelling the microscopic properties of dark matter, in computing their observable consequences, and in designing strategies to experimentally test them.
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