Theoretical Research at the High Energy Frontier: Cosmology and Beyond

Project: Research project

Project Details


This is a proposal to to provide continued support for the growing program of research into high energy physics, neutrino astrophysics, field theory, particle astrophysics, gravitation, and cosmology being carried out at Arizona State University. The DOE theory group has now grown to four faculty, Lawrence M. Krauss, PI, Tanmay Vachaspati Co-I, Maulik Parikh, Co-I, and Damien Easson, Co-I, with the former three having received DOE support at ASU under a current grant. Their research takes place within the auspices of a larger particle-astrophysics and cosmology program at ASU which comprises three additional theorists, focusing on strong interaction physics, physics beyond the standard model, and neutrino physics within the physics department, and six additional faculty associated with observational and experimental cosmology and numerical astrophysics within the School of Earth and Space Exploration. Of the 12 faculty, six are recent hires, assembled as part of an aggressive and exciting major new cosmology and particle astrophysics initiative at ASU under the direction of Krauss, and Vachaspati, and astrophysicist Rogier Windhorst. In addition, thanks to significant startup support we now have 5 postdoctoral researchers associated with the DOE theory group, and as startup is exhausted we will transition a longer term program with 2 postdocs shared by the 4 faculty. WE expect 2-4 additional hires in the cosmology initiative over the coming 3-5 years, although it is likely that the bulk of these appointments will be in experiment. Both Krauss and Vachaspati are senior researchers with a significant track record of accomplishment. Krauss research has been supported for over 20 years by the DOE, and Vachaspatis for over 15 years Their students and postdocs now have tenure track or tenured positions at Berkeley, Johns Hopkins, MIT, Simon Fraser University, University of Pennsylvania, Utah, University of Michigan, Chapman University, and Washington University St. Louis. Parikh and Easson are active young researchers and are already leaders in research areas including quantum gravity and string cosmology.
Effective start/end date8/15/123/31/15


  • US Department of Energy (DOE): $1,028,000.00

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