Affiliation: NYU Abu Dhabi
Martin Nielsen's research focusses on the study of stellar magnetic activity and how it relates to that of the Sun. He mainly uses data acquired from the NASA Kepler satellite, which is useful for studying minute variations in the light of other stars. These variations can be used to measure the rotation of a star, which in turn is thought to be a driver of the dynamo mechanism present in Sun-like stars.
Martin obtained his PhD at the University of Göttingen in 2016, with a thesis on measurements of stellar differential rotation using asteroseismology and photometric variability. His PhD thesis was awarded the Berliner Ungewitter Prize for the best thesis of the year at the Faculty of Physics, Göttingen. Prior to this, he did his Bachelors degree in physics and Master's degree in Astrophysics at Aarhus University in Denmark. During this time, he spent a year as a student support astronomer at the Nordic Optical Telescope on La Palma in Spain.