I want to understand how the universe first got populated with particles during the hot big bang (reheating after inflation), explore the rich nonlinear dynamics during this phase and figure out the observational consequences of this fascinating period in our universe's infancy. I occasionally delve into more astrophysical problems from CMB spectral distortions, dark matter/dark energy to exoplanets. On the mathematical side, I am fascinated by solitons, their interactions and their relevance to cosmology.
My favorite projects are often at the intersection of different fields. Most recently I am exploring a fascinating connection between the modelling of current conduction in wires and particle production in cosmology.
Some of my talks can be found here. Here are the slides from some recent talks:
- " How did the Hot Big Bang Begin ?" (2016): slides
- " Wires to Cosmology " (2016) slides.
- " Seeing the Invisible: Dark Matter and Dark Energy" (2016): slides
I am currently teaching a graduate course on Quantum Field Theory (Fall 2016) at Rice. In Spring 2016, I taught a graduate course on Galaxies and Cosmology. My past experience can be found here
- 2015- Asst. Professor at Rice University
- 2012-2015 Senior Kavli Fellow at the University of Cambridge
- 2011-2012 Postdoctoral fellow at MIT
- 2008-2011 Pappalardo Fellow at MIT
- 2003-2008 Ph.D in Physics from Stanford University [Profs. Roger Blandford and Bob Wagoner]
- 1999-2003 Bachelors in Physics and Mathematics University of Texas at Arlington
Cosmology Group at Rice
Graduate Students: Kaloian Lozanov (U. of Cambridge) & Jia-Liang Shen (Rice U.)
Postdocs : Dr. Marcos Garcia (starting Fall 2016)
Undergraduate Students: Scott Carleston & Osmond Wen