Sylvia Ploeckinger

Astrophysicist (postdoctoral research assistant) at Leiden University (The Netherlands)


A Little About Me

I am a scientist working on expanding our understanding of the Universe we live in. The methods I am using reach from calculations involving mostly pen and (lots of) paper to developing complex large-scale cosmological simulations that run on thousands of processors for months within an international collaboration of scientists.

I received my PhD from the Department of Astrophysics in Vienna, Austria and I have since been a postdoctoral researcher at Leiden Observatory in the Netherlands as well as at the Institute for Computational Cosmology in Durham (UK).

In September 2019 I have joined the Lorentz Institute for Theoretical Physics in Leiden on a personal grant from NWO. 




New paper on the arXiv!

March 25, 2020

The nature of dark matter or even gravity itself cannot be explained within the standard model of particle physics. A variety of theories are extending the standard model to better explain very diverse fundamental physical phenomena. In the recently submitted paper: "Effective photon mass and (dark) photon conversion in the inhomogeneous Universe" we explore the expected signal from hypothetical dark photons as they resonantly convert into and from ordinary photons.

Get the paper here!


Sylvia Ploeckinger