Master projects

We usually offer several opportunities for master thesis projects. You should be interested in one or several of the following topics:

  • Astroparticle physics, dark matter
  • Computational few- and many-body physics
  • Quantum field theory and effective field theory
  • Theoretical nuclear physics and realistic nuclear interactions
  • Theoretical particle physics, the standard model and beyond

Please feel free to discuss topics with any of us.

See also past master projects from our group!

Methods we use

For optimal learning output you should enter the project with a genuine interest in theoretical physics and a confidence in the mathematical toolbox that you have acquired. Indeed, a master thesis project in our group is a great opportunity to expand your knowledge in one or several of the following theoretical methods:

  • Quantum field theory methods
  • Scattering theory
  • Quantum many-body methods
  • General Relativity
  • Boltzmann transport theory in Cosmology

Many of our projects have a computational aspect; and consequently those projects offer an excellent opportunity to advance your skills in the computational scientific methodology. In fact, we also offer projects that are aimed at students that are more computationally inclined and who has an interest in one or several of the following computational methods:

  • Machine learning methods (deep learning, gaussian processes, etc.)
  • Bayesian statistics
  • Markov chain monte carlo methods
  • Parallel computing

Published student projects

We are always aiming to construct projects that are directly related to ongoing research efforts. In fact, we take great pride in the fact that many project lead all the way to a scientific publication. See examples below (master student authors in bold face):

Probing P- and CP-violation in dark matter interactions
by R. Catena, J. Hagel and C. E. Yaguna

Preprint: arXiv:2007.01262 [hep-ph]
Publication: JCAP 05 (2021) 016

Rejecting the Majorana nature of dark matter with electron scattering experiments
by R. Catena, T. Emken and J. Ravanis

Preprint: arXiv:2003.04039 [hep-ph]
Publication: JCAP 06 (2020) 056

Assessing the sensitivity of PINGU to effective dark matter-nucleon interactions
by A. Bäckström, R. Catena and C. P. de los Heros

Preprint: arXiv:1812.08270 [hep-ph]
Publication: JCAP05(2019)023

Direct detection of fermionic and vector dark matter with polarised targets
by R. Catena, K. Fridell and V. Zema

Preprint: arXiv:1810.01515 [hep-ph]
Publication: JCAP11(2018)018

New constraints on inelastic dark matter from IceCube
by R. Catena, F. Hellström

Preprint: arXiv:1808.08082 [hep-ph]
Publication: JCAP10(2018)039

Dark matter spin determination with directional direct detection experiments
by R. Catena, J. Conrad, C. Döring, A. Davide Ferella, and M. B. Krauss

Preprint: arXiv:1706.09471 [astro-ph]
Publication: Phys. Rev. D 97, 023007 (2018)

WIMP capture by the Sun in the effective theory of dark matter self-interactions
by R. Catena and A. Widmark

Preprint: arXiv:1609.04825 [astro-ph]
Publication: JCAP 1612 (2016) no.12, 016.

Tunneling Theory for Tunable Open Quantum Systems of Ultracold Atoms in One-Dimensional Traps
by R. Lundmark, C. Forssén, J. Rotureau

Preprint: arXiv:1412.7175 [cond-mat]
Publication: Phys. Rev. A 91, (2015), 041601 (Rapid communication).

Fermionization of two-component few-fermion systems in a one-dimensional harmonic trap
by E. J. Lindgren, J. Rotureau, C. Forssén, A. G. Volosniev, N. T. Zinner

Preprint: arXiv:1304.2992 [cond-mat]
Publication: New J. Phys. 16 (2014) 063003

Microscopic description of translationally-invariant core+N+N overlap functions
by D. Sääf, C. Forssén

Preprint: arXiv:1309.5810 [nucl-th]
Publication: Phys. Rev. C 89, 011303 (2014)