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Mustafa Amin
Assistant Professor
Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy
 
e-mail:Mustafa.A.Amin@rice.edu
 
  • Ph.D Physics (2008) Stanford University
  • B.S Physics & Mathematics (2003) University of Texas at Arlington
 
Primary Department
   Department of Physics and Astronomy
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Websites
 Cosmology at Rice
 Personal webpage
 Publications: Inspires-HEP
 Publications: NASA ADS
 
Research Areas
 early universe: inflation; reheating after inflation late universe: dark matter & dark energy, large scale structure inter-disciplinary: connections between Anderson localization and particle production in cosmology; solitons and their interactions
 

Theoretical Physics and Cosmology

 

How did the universe get populated with particles during the hot big bang (reheating after inflation)? My research is aimed at understanding this dynamically rich period in our cosmic history with strong connections to nonlinear dynamics and particle physics. Currently, I am exploring a surprising connection between the modeling of current conduction in disordered wires and particle production in the early universe.

I also delve into astrophysical problems: from CMB spectral distortions and dark matter/dark energy to exoplanets. On the mathematical side, I am fascinated by solitons, their interactions and their relevance to cosmology.


 

 
Teaching Areas
 Cosmology, High Energy Physics
 
Selected Publications
 Refereed articles
 

Kaloian D. Lozanov, Mustafa A. Amin "Self-resonance after inflation: oscillons, transients and radiation domination." Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics (JCAP) (2017) Accepted

 
 

Kaloian D. Lozanov, Mustafa A. Amin "Self-resonance after inflation: oscillons, transients and radiation domination." Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics (JCAP) (2017) Accepted

 
 

Kaloian Lozanov, Mustafa A. Amin "The equation of state after inflation and duration to radiation domination ." Physical Review Letters (2017)

 
 

Mustafa A. Amin, Marcos G. Garcia, HongYi Xie, Osmond Wen "Multifield Stochastic Particle Production: Beyond a Maximum Entropy Ansatz." Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics (JCAP) (2017)

 
 

Mustafa A. Amin & Daniel Baumann "From Wires to Cosmology." Journal of Cosmology & Astroparticle Physics (2016)

 
 

A. A. Abdo, M. Ackermann, M. Ajello, A. Allafort, M. A. Amin et. al "Gamma-ray flaring activity from the gravitationally lensed blazar PKS 1830-211 observed by Fermi LAT." Astrophysical Journal, 799 (2015) : 143.

 
 

J. Chluba, L. Dai, D. Grin, M. A. Amin & M. Kamionkowski "Spectral distortions from the dissipation of tensor perturbations." MNRAS, 446(3) (2015) : 2871-2886.

 
 

C. C. Cheung, S. Larsson, J. D. Scargle, M. A. Amin et. al "Fermi-LAT Detection of Gravitational Lens Delayed Gamma-ray Flares from Blazar B0218+357."  Astrophysical Journal Letters, 782 (2014) : L14.

 
 

K. D. Lozanov & M. A. Amin "The end of inflation, oscillons and matter/anti-matter asymmetry." Phys. Rev. D, 90 (2014)

 
 

M. A. Amin, I. Banik, C. Negreanu, and I. Yang "Ultra-relativistic oscillon collisions."  Phys. Rev. D, 90 (2014)

 
 

M. A. Amin, M. Hertzberg, D. Kaiser and J. Karouby "Nonperturbative dynamics of reheating after inflation." International Journal of Modern Physics D, D24 (2014)

 
 

N. Madhusudhan, M. A. Amin & G. Kennedy "Towards chemical constraints on hot Jupiter migration , Astrophysical Journal Letters." Astrophysical Journal Letters, 794 (2014) : L12.

 
 

M. A. Amin "K-Oscillons: Oscillons with Non-Canonical Kinetic Terms." Phys. Rev. D, 87 (2013) : 123505.

 
 

M. A. Amin & D. Grin "Probing early-universe phase transitions with CMB spectral distortions." Phys. Rev. D, 90 (2013) : 083528.

 
 

M. A. Amin, E. Lim and I. Yang "A Clash of Kinks." Phys. Rev. Lett, 111 (2013) : 224101.

 
 

M. A. Amin, E. Lim and I. Yang "A Scattering Theory of Ultra-relativistic Solitons." Phys. Rev. D, 88 (2013)

 
 

M. A. Amin, P. Zukin and E. Bertschinger "Scale dependent growth from a transition in dark energy dynamics." Phys. Rev. D, 85 (2012) : 103510 .

 
 

M. A. Amin, R. Easther and H. Finkel "Inflaton fragmentation and oscillon formation in three dimensions." JCAP, 1012 (2012) : 001.

 
 

M. A. Amin, R. Easther, H. Finkel, R. Flauger and M. Hertzberg "Oscillons after inflation." Phys. Rev. Lett., 108 (2012) : 241302.

 
 

M. A. Amin "M. A. Amin, Inflaton Fragmentation: Emergence of pseuso-stable inflaton lumps (oscillons) after inflation." Phys. Rev. DSubmitted

 
 

M. A. Amin and D. Shirokoff "Flat-top oscillons in an expanding universe." , 81 (2010) : 085045.

 
 

M. A. Amin, R. V. Wagoner, R. D. Blandford "A sub-horizon framework for testing the relationship between cosmological matter distribution and metric perturbations." MNRAS, 390 (1) (2008) : 131-142.

 
 

D. Rapetti, S. Allen, M. Amin, R. D. Blandford "A kinematic approach to dark energy studies." MNRAS, 375 (2007) : 1510-1520.

 
 

M. A. Amin, T. Wizansky "Relativistic dark matter at the Galactic center." Phys. Rev. D, 77 (2007)

 
 

M. A. Amin, A. Frolov "Persistent patterns in black hole accretion disks."  MNRAS Lett., 370 (2006) : L42-L45.

 
 

T. Srinivasan-Rao, M. Amin, V. Castillo, D. M. Lazarus, D. Nikas, C. Ozben, Y. K. Semertsidis, A. Stillman, T. Tsang, L. Kowalski ", Novel single shot scheme to mea- sure sub-millimeter electron bunch lengths using electro-optic technique." Phys.Rev.ST Accel.Beams , 5 (2002) : e04201.

 
Presentations
 Conference Committee Member
 

"XIth International Conference on Interconnections between Particle Physics and Cosmology - PPC 2017 [Member of Local Organizing Committee]." (May 2017)

 
 Conference Paper
 

"From Wires to Cosmology." PASCOS 15, (June 30, 2015)

 
 

"From Wires to Particle Production in Cosmology." Division of Particles and Fields , Michigan. (Aug 6, 2015)

 
 Invited Talks
 

"From Wires to Cosmology: Stochastic Particle Production in the Early Universe [Invited Seminar, Syracuse University]." (February, 2017)

 
 

"How did the Hot Big Bang Begin ? [Colloquium at Haverford College]." (February, 2017)

 
 

"Inflation Ends, What's Next ? [Colloquium, UT Dallas]." (December, 2017)

 
 

"Inflation Ends, What's Next ? [Invited Talk, Guthfest at MIT]." (October, 2017)

 
 

"Inflation Ends, What's next ? [Invited Seminar, U. of Cincinati]." (December, 2017)

 
 

"Nonlinear Dynamics of Cosmological Scalar Fields [Post-Inflationary String Cosmology Workshop, U. of Bologna, Italy]." (September, 2017)

 
 

"How did the Hot Big Bang Begin?." Rice University, (March 10, 2015)

 
 

"How did the Hot Big Bang begin?." San Francisco State University, (March 2, 2015)

 
 Lectures
 

"Seeing the Invisible [Rice Observatory Open House]." (January 2017)

 
 Seminar Speaker
 

"When Neutron Stars Collide [AU seminar, Rice University]." (October, 2017)

 
 

"From Wires to Cosmology." Arizona State University, Arizona State University. (Sept 30, 2015)

 
 

"From Wires to Cosmology." University of Texas at Austin. (Nov 3, 2015)

 
 

"From Wires to Cosmology." Texas A & M University, (Oct 29, 2015)

 
 

"From the Hot Big Bang to Hot Jupiters." Stanford University, (March 3, 2015)

 
 

"How did the hot big bang begin?." University of Oxford, (June 4, 2015)

 
 Workshops
 

"After Inflation [Aspen Workshop Co-Organizer]." (May-June 2017)

 
Awards, Prizes, & Fellowships
 Senior Kavli Fellow, Kavli Institute for Cosmology at Cambridge (2012)

 Pappalardo Fellow, MIT (2008)

 Stanford Graduate Fellowship, Stanford University (2004)

 Kirkpatrick Award for Excellence in Teaching Physics, Stanford University Dept. of Physics (2005)

 Energy Research Undergraduate Laboratory Fellowship, Brookhaven National Laboratory (2001-2002)

 1st place, Symposium of Undergraduate Research, University of Texas at Arlington (2002)

Positions Held
 Pappalardo Fellow, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. (2008 - 2011)

 Senior Kavli Fellow, University of Cambridge. (2012 - 2015)