Professor, TeknD, docent
I was born in 1955 in Göteborg, Sweden. In 1979 I got my MSc in Engineering Physics (teknisk fysik) and in 1984 my PhD in Theoretical Physics, both at Chalmers University of Technology (CTH), Göteborg. At that time my research was focused on scattering of waves from obstacles and surfaces. Most of the work was done on elastodynamic waves but some of the papers from that period deal with electromagnetic waves. After my PhD I moved to Stockholm where I got a position as Associate Professor at the department of Electromagnetic Theory at the Royal Institute of Technology. After one year in Stockholm I was lucky to get a Post-Doc position at the Applied Mathematical Sciences group at Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, USA. I use to refer to the two years in Ames as two of the best years of my life. It was 100% research and no other obligations. My research area switched to direct and inverse scattering in the time-domain. That meant that I had to dig into new methods and new mathematics. After one year in Ames we got our first daughter.
In 1987 me and my family moved back to Stockholm and we stayed there for five years. During that time we got two more daughters. In 1992 I got a position as Associate Professor at the Department of Electromagnetic Theory at Lund University. We bought a house in Dalby and moved down to Skåne the same year. We still live in that house in Dalby and I still work in the same research group. After merging with the department of Applied Electronics in 2000 the department of Electroscience was formed. In 2007 there was a new merging which resulted in the department of Electrical and Information Technology.
My research still focuses on wave propagation and scattering of waves, but the research is more applied than it used to be. I have collaborations with Förbränningsfysik (scattering of light from soot particles) and Atomic Physics (scattering of light from blood cells), and also with companies such as Kockums AB, Perlos and SAAB. Recently I have become interested in different aspects of accelerator technique. A reason for this is the establishment of the Max IV synchrotron accelerator and the European Spallation Source, ESS, in Lund. These two facilities will make Lund the center of accelerator technique in Sweden. I currently have two graduate students that are involved in projects at ESS. One of the students is designing the drift tube linac (DTL). This is done in close collaboration with Laboratori Nazionali di Legnaro in Italy. The other student is desgning the elliptic medium beta cavities fro ESS. This is done in collaboration with le Commissariat a l'energie atomique (CEA) in Saclay France. Recently I have started a project on the numerical solution of Helmholtz equation. This is done in collaboration with Prof. Johan Helsing at the Centre for Mathematical Sciences at Lund University. Johan is an expert in solving static and time harmonic problems for structures with corners. As a first part of this project we are looking at scattering of time-harmonic waves from a cylinder with corners.
In 2008 I got a grant from the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research (SSF) which enabled me to be at Kockums AB four months per year during 2009-2010. At Kockums I am collaborating with docent Sten Rikte. The main idea with the Strategic research is to increase the exchange of ideas and competence between industry and universities. For me it has been a very fruitful and interesting experience to work at a company.