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Lukas Tobias Hergt

Lukas Tobias Hergt

PhD student in Cosmology

Room K14
Kavli Institute for Cosmology
c/o Institute of Astronomy
Madingley Road

Cambridge CB3 0HA
Office Phone: (01223) 760796


2017-present: PhD in Physics, University of Cambridge, UK (Supervisors: Anthony Lasenby, Mike Hobson, Will Handley)

2014-2016: MSc in Physics, ETH Zürich, Switzerland (Supervisors: Alexandre Refregier, Adam Amara, Robert Brandenberger)

2013/14: Erasmus Programme, Université Joseph-Fourier de Grenoble, France

2011-2014: BSc in Physics, Philipps-Universität Marburg, Germany (Supervisor: Gregor Witte)

Research Interests

  • Cosmology
  • Anisotropy of the cosmic microwave background
  • Bayesian analysis techniques
  • Curvature of the Universe
  • Initial conditions of cosmic inflation


  • Exercise class: Analysis II, Fachbereich Mathematik und Informatik, Philipps-Universität Marburg (WS 2012/13)
  • Exercise class: Physics for Biologists and Pharmaceutical Scientists, ETH Zürich (FS 2015 and FS 2016)
  • Exercise class: Physics for civil and environmental engineers, ETH Zürich (HS 2015)
  • Supervisions: Part IA Physics for Natural Sciences, University of Cambridge (Michaelmas 2017 - Easter 2018)
  • Supervisions: Part II Relativity, University of Cambridge (2018/19)

Other Professional Activities


  • Flash talk: Kinetic initial conditions for inflation – KICC 10th Anniversary Symposium, University of Cambridge, UK (Sep 2019)
  • Constraining the kinetically dominated Universe From the Early to the Late Universe, Venice, Italy (Aug 2019)
  • Kinetic initial conditions for inflation – Astrophysics seminar, Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge, UK (Jun 2018)




Bayesian Statistics ; Inflation ; Cosmology


  • Relativity and Gravitation

Key Publications

KICC Annual Report 2019

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Massive galaxies were already much more mature in the early universe than previously expected. This was shown by an international team of astronomers—including researchers from the Kavli Institute for Cosmology (KICC) and the Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe (Kavli IPMU) — who studied 118 distant galaxies with the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA).

The Nobel Prize in Physics 2020

Oct 06, 2020

The Nobel Prize in Physics 2020 has been awarded to Roger Penrose, Reinhard Genzel, and Andrea Ghez, for their discoveries about one of the most exotic phenomena in the universe: the black hole.

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