Dr. Cornelius Rampf


I am a theoretical physicist with a focus on cosmology, currently working at the Observatoire de la Cote d'Azur (CNRS) in Nice, France.

Before moving to Nice, I had postdoctoral positions at Heidelberg (D), the Technion (Israel) and ICG Portsmouth (UK), with shorter research visits at UNSW Sydney (AUS) and the Albert Einstein Institute in Potsdam (D). From Jan 2017 until Jun 2018, I was also the Scientific Coordinator of the TRR33 "The Dark Universe", a collaborative research project between the Universities Heidelberg, Bonn and LMU Munich, funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). I obtained my diploma in theoretical physics at KIT / University of Karlsruhe (November 2009), and my PhD in theoretical cosmology (defended in July 2013) at RWTH Aachen University.

In my spare time, I'm a passionate Cellist. Here's our recording of Schindler's list (violin solo: Franz-Markus Siegert, cello solo: Cornelius Rampf, ensemble: Il Giardino):


The main focus of my research is cosmological structure formation. I'm interested in how the today's observed large-scale structure of our Universe has formed. More specifically, my research objectives include
  1. perturbation theory in standard and non-standard cosmological models,
  2. investigating the matter collapse and the break-down of the cosmological fluid equations ("shell-crossing"), and
  3. investigating the impact of photons and neutrinos in cosmological N-body simulations.
Applying state-of-the-art techniques borrowed from high-energy physics and mathematical fluid dynamics, I develop novel tools to determine the large-scale structure to high accuracy.

Some links

  • my publications on inSPIRE and on arXiv
  • Here's my doctoral dissertation (pdf): (Non-)relativistic Lagrangian perturbation theory
  • my CV.pdf (last update: 14 August 2018)
  • have a look on my research in more detail
  • Orcid ORCID iD
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