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Professor Felix Aharonian

Name: Felix Aharonian

Title(s): Professor

Email: Felix.Aharonian@dias.ie

Phone: +353 1 662 1333 ext 317

Address: Astronomy & Astrophysics Section, 31 Fitzwilliam Place Dublin 2, Ireland

Research Interests

High Energy Phenomena in the Universe.

Biographical Sketch

Felix Aharonian graduated from Moscow Engineering-Physics Institute in Nuclear and Particle Physics in 1975. He obtained his PhD degree in the same Institute in 1979. He then worked in the Yerevan Physics Institute (Armenia/USSR) from 1979 to 1991, in the Enrico Fermi Institute of the University of Chicago (USA) from 1991 to 1992, in the Max Planck Institut fuer Kernphysik (MPIK) in Heidelberg (Germany) from 1992 to 2006. In 2006 he was appointed as Professor of the Astronomy and Astrophysics Section of the School of Cosmic Physics. In parallel, he leads the High Energy Astrophysics Theory Group of MPIK/Heidelberg with a status of External Member of the Institute.

Selected Publications

  • Very high energy cosmic gamma radiation: a crucial window on the extreme Universe (2004) World Scientific Publishing, 2004.
  • High-energy particle acceleration in the shell of a supernova remnant (2004) Nature 432 75 (the HESS collaboration paper).
  • A low level of extragalactic background light as revealed by γ-rays from blazars (2006) 440 1018 (the HESS collaboration paper).
  • Extremely fast acceleration of cosmic rays in a supernova remnant (2007) Nature 449 576 (with Y. Uchiyama, T. Tanaka, T. Takahashi).
  • Abrupt acceleration of a “cold” ultrarelativistic wind from the Crab pulsar (2012) Nature 482 507 (with S. Bogovalov and D. Khangulyan).