15 April 2021

Researcher wins prize for Sheffield astroparticle physics thesis

Dr Jost Migenda was named winner of the Institute of Physics' Astroparticle Physics Thesis Prize.

Dr Jost Migenda

An astroparticle physics researcher has won an Institute of Physics (IoP) award for the PhD thesis they completed at the University of Sheffield.

Dr Jost Migenda was named winner of the Astroparticle Physics Thesis Prize at the IoP Astroparticle Physics Group's annual general meeting.

The winning thesis, Supernova Model Discrimination with Hyper-Kamiokande, focusses on how the international Hyper-Kamiokande experiment could help scientists understand what happens when a star explodes at the end its life in a supernova.

The Hyper-Kamiokande experiment, based in Japan, involves work from several University of Sheffield physicists including Dr Matthew Malek and Dr Susan Cartwright, who supervised Jost's PhD.

Jost, who is now a Research Associate at King's College London, said: "I am very excited to win this prize; not just for myself but for the hundreds of amazing colleagues around the world who are working hard to make Hyper-Kamiokande successful!"

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