Dr. Thorben Menne

Junior Scientist/Postdoc
Searching for Continuous Gravitational Waves
Location Hannover
+49 511 762-17150

Main Focus

Search for continuous gravitational wave (CW) emission from neutron stars from the galactic centre.

Due to the lack of knowledge of the exact CW emission parameters, large parameter spaces need to be searched with fine search grids, requiring enormous computation power and producing large data sets.
Promising candidates which may represent the sought-after signal must be filtered from a pool of many billions of candidates.
This requires a careful analysis and multi-step procedures to iteratively reduce the pool size and hopefully arrive at high confidence signal candidates in the end.


[1] Aartsen, M. G. and others: Measurement of the nu_mu energy spectrum with IceCube-79 (https://arxiv.org/abs/1705.07780)

[2] M. Börner, T. Hoinka, M. Meier, T. Menne, W. Rhode, K. Morik: Measurement/Simulation Mismatches and Multivariate Data Discretization in the Machine Learning Era' (ASP Conference Series)

[3] M. Dunsch, J. Soedingrekso, A. Sandrock, M. Meier, T. Menne, W. Rhode: Recent Improvements for the Lepton Propagator PROPOSAL (https://arxiv.org/abs/1809.07740)

Curriculum Vitae

  • B.Sc. in physics, Technical University Dortmund (2009-2012)
    Numerical evaluation of locations and behaviours of fixed points in a fixed point quantum gravity model with varying dimensions
  • M.Sc. in physics, Technical University Dortmund (2012-2014)
    Numerical calculations for muon proton bremsstrahlung cross sections
  • Dr. rer. nat. in astroparticle physics, Technical University Dortmund (2014-2018)
    Neutrino point source searches with data from the IceCube neutrino observatory
  • Software engineer, Elektronische Fahrwerksysteme GmbH (2018-2020)
    Prototyping software for self driving car environmental recognition systems
  • PostDoc, Albert-Einstein-Institut, Leibniz Universität Hannover (current)
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