Mattias Rydenfelt is a Ph.D. student in Physics at California Institute of Technology (Caltech). He is working on problems related to the unification of Einstein’s theory of relativity, which governs the large scale structures of our universe, with quantum mechanics, which rules at the subatomic level. This is one of the big open problems in theoretical particle physics and, if solved, could contribute to a deeper understanding of what happened at the birth of the universe in the Big Bang.
Mattias is a Swedish citizen and studied computer science and physics engineering in his home country at Lund University. He wrote his Master’s thesis in particle physics while on an exchange program at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Before beginning his Fulbright Science & Technology Award at Caltech, Mattias spent one year working at the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva, Switzerland as well as a brief time volunteering in India. During his free time Mattias enjoys playing tennis, guitar, and going alpine skiing, particularly in the French Alps.