Pedro De la Torre Luque

COSMIC WISPER:

Pedro De la Torre Luque

Current position:

Juan de la Cierva Postdoc 

Affiliation:

Institute of theoretical physics (IFT), Universidad autónoma de Madrid

Field of research:

Indirect DM searches, cosmic rays, astrophysical constraints of physics beyond the standard model

What is your career trajectory to date? 

I obtained my PhD in Bari in 2021, specialised in cosmic-ray propagation, gamma-ray diffuse emissions and indirect dark matter searches. Then I have been working as a postdoc in Stockholm university, where I have been working in different kind of  dark matter searches and studies of the diffuse galactic emissions from X-ray to PeV energies. From January 2024, I started as postdoc with a Juan de la Cierva grant at the Institute of theoretical physics (IFT), Universidad autónoma de Madrid. I am currently member of the CTA and Fermi collaborations as well as the FLUKA collaboration. I am also one of the main developers DRAGON code. 

What are the most exciting open questions in your research area? 

Nature of dark matter, understand how charged particles propagate in different astrophysical media, the nature of the 511 keV emission and the gamma-ray Galactic centre excess.

What role do you think a network like COSMIC WISPers can play in developing WISP searches in Europe?

I think that such a network is important to connect researchers working in similar topics and facilitate their collaboration, identify new targets interesting for the community (either to build new experiments or to face a specific open problem) and clarify what is the current status of different key subjects and how we should address them.

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