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Prof. P.M. Kooijman (1951) has been named Professor of Experimental Astroparticle Physics at the University of Amsterdam’s Faculty of Science.

Prof. P.M. Kooijman (1951) has been named Professor of Experimental Astroparticle Physics at the University of Amsterdam's Faculty of Science.

Paul Kooijman conducts experimental research on neutrinos that reach Earth after having travelled through the cosmos. The results of his research allow for him to gather information on the processes occurring in the inner core of cosmic objects. Kooijman's research also enables him to detect potential signs of the annihilation of dark matter. His research on neutrinos requires extremely large detectors. These detectors are installed at great depths in the Mediterranean Sea, and use seawater as a means of detection. Kooijman is currently working to develop the ANTARES prototype experiment. He is also helping to design the KM3NeT detector, an enormous neutrino detector on the bottom of the Mediterranean Sea with a volume of several cubic kilometres, scheduled for construction in several years' time.

Kooijman has served as a senior university lecturer at the UvA since 1988. As of 2000, he has also served as professor by special appointment at Utrecht University. Prior to these tenures, he served at various institutes, including the Argonne National Lab in Chicago. He has authored a large number of publications, in professional journals such as the European Physical Journal, Journal of High Energy Physics and Physics Letters B.