Here be Dragons: Ancient cartographers often used illustrations of dragons to show treacherous and uncharted territories. Physicists, Astronomers and Cosmologists have managed to vanquish these dragons out to the farthest reaches of the cosmos, highest temperatures imaginable, and deepest holes in the galaxies. Beyond these boundaries lie our new age dragons. I will retell the tales of these creatures and our battles to slay them.
(Physics 10, University of Waterloo, September 2018; keynote, PDF)
Mansour’s PhD focused on different ways in which gravitational lensing teaches us about dark objects in the universe:
He developed a sophisticated statistical method to infer the effect of gravitational lensing by dark matter nanostructure in the light curves of strongly lensed quasars, which has yielded strongest constraints to-date on dark matter clustering on small scales.
He worked on the development of Themis, a state-of-the-art Monte Carlo Markov Chain machine that finds the physical models that best fit the radio observations of supermassive black holes obtained by the Event Horizon Telescope.
Here is a picture of Mansour, with his proud co-supervisors, and a cake that features pictures from his thesis:
And here is a picture of the said cake, which you can understand better by reading Mansour’s thesis!
We wish Mansour all the best in his future adventures in the world of quantitative finance 👏😲😉