Petja Esko Salmi

I was born in Kuorevesi, which is nowadays part of Jämsä in central Finland. I obtained my MSc from the University of Helsinki, including an exchange semester in Erasmus program at Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg. I did my PhD at the University of Leiden, including a period at the University of Sussex within the Marie Curie Early Stage training program (FP 6). I am post doctoral fellow at the University of Cape Town.

Do you have a role model in science?

Stephen Jay Gould

A quote that inspires you?

“Extreme events like Chernobyl provide opportunities to test predictions about evolution. One of the difficulties of such research is that it isn’t really an experiment.”
— Dr. L. Johnson, University of Reading

Research interests

Nontopological defects

I work on classical field theory my main interest being extended objects. These are maybe more commonly known as topological or nontopological defects. The main tool for this research are computer simulations that allow to study nonlinear dynamical phenomena.

A list of all Petja’s papers can be found here.

Favourite reference papers:

  • Pseudostable Bubbles, M. Gleiser, Phys. Rev. D49:2978-2981 (1994)arXiv:hep-ph/9308279
  • Oscillons: Resonant Configurations During Bubble Collapse, E. Copeland, M. Gleiser, M. Mueller, Phys. Rev. D52:1920-1933 (1995) arXiv:hep-ph/9503217
  • Cosmological consequences of MSSM flat directions, K. Enqvist and A. Mazumdar,
    Phys. Rept. 380:99-234 (2003) arXiv:hep-ph/0209244


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