The Best Paper Award of the Cluster of Excellence Quantum Universe (Universität Hamburg in cooperation with DESY) is awarded annually to young researchers (3 PhD students, 2 postdocs and 1 investigator group leader) in particle physics, astroparticle physics and mathematical physics for publications produced during their time in Hamburg. The prize is endowed with a research budget of 1000 € and a personal prize money of 100 €.
Frederik Depta studied physics at Goethe University Frankfurt and then moved to the German Electron Synchrotron (DESY) in Hamburg to join the research group of Kai Schmidt-Hoberg, where he received his PhD from the Universität Hamburg in June 2021. Since October last year, he has been a postdoc at the Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics in Manfred Lindner's division. As a theoretical physicist, Frederik Depta conducts research in the intersection of particle physics and cosmology, in particular on the nature of dark matter, both in terms of possible production mechanisms and various astrophysical and experimental signatures.
Dark Matter from Exponential Growth, Torsten Bringmann, Paul Frederik Depta, Marco Hufnagel, Joshua T. Ruderman, and Kai Schmidt-Hoberg, Phys. Rev. Lett. 127, 191802 (2021), DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.127.191802