Hi 😁, Jan (@jan.thphysics
) here. I’m a 1st year PhD candidate at the High Energy Physics Institute (IFAE) @uabbarcelona
, doing research in theoretical particle physics and cosmology. To me, science is all about curiosity, creativity and exploration. It’s about finding the missing piece of the puzzle, it’s getting where no one else has ever been, it’s the joy of discovering some amazing new thing about the world. That’s why I find it so fascinating and stimulating, and I can say that I’m very proud of being a scientist.
There’s quite a lot of topics that I find interesting in theoretical physics such as (to name a few) the quantum nature of black holes, what ‘banged’ in the Big Bang? or the AdS/CFT correspondence (you can ask me if you wanna know what it is 😉). However, I’m currently investigating oscillons. Shaped like balls, these objects are quite peculiar: they oscillate as if they were breathing and, in every one of these breaths, they exhale some of their energy until they eventually decay by radiating away all their remaining energy in a final breath. Apart from being very intriguing objects from a theoretical point of view, they are also believed to have been formed right after the Big Bang, potentially being quite relevant in helping us understand the history of our universe.
I’m also passionate about spreading physics knowledge to as many people as I can, because I just find it so cool that I really feel that they’re missing out all the fun! That’s why I started my instagram page @jan.thphysics.
Added to that I’m also using it to document my PhD days and to let the world know how the life of a theoretical physicist actually looks like.
I was born and raised in Barcelona, where I obtained my physics bachelors degree. I then flew off to England for a year, where I completed a Masters degree at the University of Oxford and then returned back to Barcelona, where I currently live and work.
When not busy with my PhD you’ll find me reading, running, cooking or just playing with my cat Sam. I appreciate quality time with friends and love traveling around the world meeting and connecting with new people.