Riccardo Catena

Associate Professor, Subatomic, High Energy and Plasma Physics, Department of Physics

Riccardo Catena is Associate Professor in Physics at the Department of Physics, Chalmers University of Technology (Chalmers), Sweden, where he leads a research group consisting of 1 postdoc, 2 PhD students and 3 master students. Riccardo received the habilitation (venia legendi) at the University of Göttingen, Germany, in 2014 and was promoted to oavlönad docent at Chalmers in 2016. Habilitation and "docentur" represent the highest levels of pedagogical qualification in Germany and Sweden, respectively. He is an elected member of the IUPAP C4 commission on Astroparticle Physics, and a founding member of the council of the European Consortium for Astroparticle Theory (EuCAPT). Riccardo was an elected member of the board of the Section for Elementary Particle and Astroparticle Physics of the Swedish Physical Society from 2017 to 2021. His research is funded by an individual research project grant of the Swedish Research Council and by a research project grant awarded by the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation (co-PI).​

Riccardo's field of research is astroparticle physics – the area of basic science lying at the interface of particle physics, astrophysics and cosmology. His contributions to this field range from the theoretical modelling of physical systems or phenomena which cannot be described by the Standard Model of particle physics, to the interpretation of cosmological and astrophysical data on the origin, composition and evolution of our universe and of its constituents. Currently, his research focuses on dark matter. In this context, Riccardo is especially interested in modelling the microscopic properties of dark matter, in computing their observable consequences, and in designing strategies to experimentally test them. 

His complete list of publications can be found​ here​​​



Below, I list the courses that I designed and taught. WT denotes Winter Term, ST Summer Term. For some bachelor courses, I have been responsible for the coordination of the many associated exercise classes, or "tutorials" (up to 20 in the case of Electrodynamics).​​

Courses for Master and PhD students

ST 2022. Gravitation and Cosmology, Chalmers University of Technology.

ST 2022. Quantum Field Theory, Chalmers University of Technology.

ST 2021. Gravitation and Cosmology, Chalmers University of Technology.

ST 2021. Quantum Field Theory, Chalmers University of Technology.

ST 2019. Astroparticle Physics, Chalmers University of Technology.​

ST 2018. Astroparticle Physics, Chalmers University of Technology.

​ST 2017. Astroparticle Physics, Chalmers University of Technology.

15-19/08/2016. Invited lecturer at the Jyväskylä summer school of a series of lectures on dark matter.

ST 2016. Astroparticle Physics, Chalmers University of Technology.

ST 2014. Dark Energy Lab, University of Göttingen.

7-11/10/2013. Invited lecturer at the CP3-Origins/DESY/Göttingen school of a series of lectures on dark matter. 

ST 2011. Lecturer of a series of lectures on dark matter as a part of the course "Advanced Cosmology" taught by Prof. Luca Amendola at the University of Heidelberg.


Courses for Bachelor students

4-8/09/2017. Invited lecturer at the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes summer school of a series of lectures on Cosmology and Particle Physics.

WT 2014/2015. General Relativity, University of Göttingen.

WT 2013/2014. Introduction to Supersymmetry, University of Göttingen.

WT 2012/2013. Astroparticle Physics, University of Göttingen.


Exercise classes for Master students

ST 2011. Lecturer for the tutorials in Advanced Quantum Field Theory at the University of Heidelberg.

WT 2010/2011. Lecturer for the tutorials in Advanced Cosmology at the University of Heidelberg.

ST 2010. Lecturer for the tutorials in General Relativity at the University of Heidelberg.


Exercise classes for Bachelor students

ST 2015. Responsible for the coordination and lecturer for the tutorials in Quantym Field Theory at the University of Göttingen.

ST 2013. Responsible for the coordination and lecturer for the tutorials in Electrodynamics at the University of Göttingen.

ST 2012. Responsible for the coordination and lecturer for the tutorials in Quantum Field Theory at the University of Göttingen.

WT 2011/2012. Responsible for the coordination and lecturer for the tutorials in Quantum Mechanics at the University of Göttingen.

WT 2009/2010. Lecturer for the tutorials in Quantum Mechanics at the University of Heidelberg.​

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Publication list

C​​urrent me​​mbers

Timon Emken (Guest researcher)

Einar Urdshals (PhD student)

Taylor Gray (PhD student)

 Måns Aduri (Master student) 

 Amanda Carlsson (Master student)

 Hanna Olvhammer (Master student) 


Former members

Anton Bäckström (Master student)  

Kåre Fridell (Master student, now PhD student at the Technical University of Munich, TUM) 

Fredrik Hellström (Master student, now PhD student at Chalmers)

Axel Widmark (Master student, now PhD student at Stockholm University)

Christian Döring (Master student, now PhD student at the Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics, Heidelberg)

Olmo Piana (Master student, now PhD student at the Kapteyn Astronomical Institute, Groningen)

Tobias Binder (Master student, now postdoc at the Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe (KIPMU), University of Tokyo)

Bodo Schwabe (Master student, now postdoc at the University of Göttingen)

Oskar Stangenberg (Master student)

Timon Emken (Master student, now PhD student at the Centre for Cosmology and Particle Physics Phenomenology, CP3-Origins, University of Southern Denmark, Odense

Jan Möller (Master student)​



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