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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.
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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." | ||||||||||||||

Kaloian D. Lozanov, Mustafa A. Amin "Self-resonance after inflation: oscillons, transients and radiation domination." | ||||||||||||||

Kaloian Lozanov, Mustafa A. Amin "The equation of state after inflation and duration to
radiation domination ." | ||||||||||||||

Mustafa A. Amin, Marcos G. Garcia, HongYi Xie, Osmond Wen "Multifield Stochastic Particle Production: Beyond a Maximum Entropy Ansatz." | ||||||||||||||

Mustafa A. Amin & Daniel Baumann "From Wires to Cosmology." | ||||||||||||||

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." | ||||||||||||||

J. Chluba, L. Dai, D. Grin, M. A. Amin & M. Kamionkowski "Spectral distortions from the dissipation of tensor perturbations." | ||||||||||||||

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." | ||||||||||||||

K. D. Lozanov & M. A. Amin "The end of inflation, oscillons and matter/anti-matter asymmetry." | ||||||||||||||

M. A. Amin, I. Banik, C. Negreanu, and I. Yang "Ultra-relativistic oscillon collisions." | ||||||||||||||

M. A. Amin, M. Hertzberg, D. Kaiser and J. Karouby "Nonperturbative dynamics of reheating after inflation." | ||||||||||||||

N. Madhusudhan, M. A. Amin & G. Kennedy "Towards chemical constraints on hot Jupiter migration , Astrophysical Journal Letters." | ||||||||||||||

M. A. Amin "K-Oscillons: Oscillons with Non-Canonical Kinetic Terms." | ||||||||||||||

M. A. Amin & D. Grin "Probing early-universe phase transitions with CMB spectral distortions." | ||||||||||||||

M. A. Amin, E. Lim and I. Yang "A Clash of Kinks." | ||||||||||||||

M. A. Amin, E. Lim and I. Yang "A Scattering Theory of Ultra-relativistic Solitons." | ||||||||||||||

M. A. Amin, P. Zukin and E. Bertschinger "Scale dependent growth from a transition in dark energy dynamics." | ||||||||||||||

M. A. Amin, R. Easther and H. Finkel "Inflaton fragmentation and oscillon formation in three dimensions." | ||||||||||||||

M. A. Amin, R. Easther, H. Finkel, R. Flauger and M. Hertzberg "Oscillons after inflation." | ||||||||||||||

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

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." | ||||||||||||||

D. Rapetti, S. Allen, M. Amin, R. D. Blandford "A kinematic approach to dark energy studies." | ||||||||||||||

M. A. Amin, T. Wizansky "Relativistic dark matter at the Galactic center." | ||||||||||||||

M. A. Amin, A. Frolov "Persistent patterns in black hole accretion disks." | ||||||||||||||

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." | ||||||||||||||

Presentations | ||||||||||||||

Conference Committee Member | ||||||||||||||

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

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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) | ||||||||||||||

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Lectures | ||||||||||||||

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

Seminar Speaker | ||||||||||||||

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

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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) |