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Jim Hinton

Astrophysicist

I did a BSc in Physics with Astrophysics followed by a PhD working on the South Pole Air Shower Experiment SPASE - also in Leeds. After a brief post-doc working on the Pierre Auger project I moved to the Enrico Fermi Institute in Chicago to work on STACEE - a very high energy gamma-ray telescope in New Mexico.

I now live in Heidelberg, working at the Max-Planck-Institut fuer Kernphysik. My current project is the HESS telescope array in Namibia. With this instrument we hope to learn more about the particle acceleration processes at work in active galaxies, supernovae remnants and pulsar wind nebulae. In the last 3 months my work has taken me to Namibia, Tokyo, Paris and Berlin - astrophysics is a good career for travel opportunities!