Amara, Adam, Dr.


ETH Zürich

Dep. of Physics 

HIT  J 43.3 

Wolfgang-Pauli-Str. 27

8093 Zürich


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Course Catalogue

Autumn Semester 2017

Number Unit
402-0375-63L Statistical Methods in Cosmology and Astrophysics 


Research Activities

My research work focuses on some of the big questions in cosmology such as: (i) What is the phenomenology of dark energy? (ii) What is the nature of dark matter? and (iii) Does General Relativity (GR) work on cosmic scales? My interest in these questions comes from the fact that although modern physics has had remarkable success in explaining the physical world around us, it’s not yet able to account for 95% of the matter-energy budget of the Universe, which we attributed to the presence of dark matter and dark energy. These two components have been largely accepted as necessary in order to explain the mounting astronomical data, but cosmologists do not yet have a rigorous theoretical framework for their existence or basic properties. To do this we need to make exquisite measurements of the distance Universe, which usually means building high precision experiment. For this reason much of my recent work has been at the interface between the science and experiment design.


Short CV

Research experience:

Senior Scientist, ETH Zurich, Switzerland, 2012 - present
Zwicky Prize Fellow, ETH Zurich, Switzerland 2008 – 2012
Research Associate, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong 2007 – 2008
Research Engineer, CEA Service d'Astrophysique, France 2005 – 2007


Ph.D. in Astrophysics, IoA, Cambridge, UK 2005
MPhys in Physics, University of York, UK 2001



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