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Oliver Friedrich grew up in Berlin, Germany, and throughout his undergraduate studies also lived in Heidelberg and Munich. He obtained his PhD from Ludwig-Maximilian-University Munich and now researches as a Newton-Kavli Junior Research Fellow at the Kavli Institute for Cosmology.
The matter in the universe is not homogeneously distributed but instead organised within a web of highly over dense regions such as galaxy clusters and filaments of galaxies. These are surrounded by huge under dense regions - the so called cosmic voids.
Dr Friedrich develops new statistical tools to characterise this web of cosmic structures and to connect fundamental theories of cosmology with observational data. In particular he wants to find out whether spacetime can behave like a thermodynamic object and whether this can have any impact on the laws of gravity.