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Ludovic Van Waerbeke

Ludovic van Waerbeke studies dark matter in the Universe and related topics in cosmology and fundamental physics. Dark matter constitutes 70 per cent of the mass in the Universe, but it is suspected that it does not interact with “normal” matter and it does not emit any radiation. Its physical nature is unknown, but it is massive, therefore it interacts gravitationally with the rest of the Universe, leading to the so-called gravitational lensing effect. Much of his research concentrates on the use of gravitational lensing to map the dark matter and try to understand its nature. Ultimately, a better understanding of dark matter is a key for a better understanding of the Universe, structures, galaxy clusters and galaxy formation, particle physics and possibly leading to tighter constraints on theories of gravity.


Early Career Scholar Award, Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies, 2010.

French Ministry of Research research PhD fellowship, 1993-1996.

Relevant Publications

J.E. Geach et al, "The Red Radio Ring: a gravitationally lensed hyperluminous infrared radio galaxy at z = 2.553 discovered through the citizen science project SPACE WARPS," Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Vol. 452, No. 1, pp.502-510, Sept. 2015.



Senior Fellow Cosmology & Gravity


University of British ColumbiaDepartment of Physics and Astronomy


PhD, (Astrophysics) Observatoire Midi-Pyrenees

M.Sc. (Theoretical Physics) University Orsay XI



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