Iranian astrophysicist Niayesh Afshordi has won third place in the 2015 Buchalter Cosmology Prize competition.
Afshordi, a faculty member from University of Waterloo in Canada, along with Elliot Nelson, a postdoctoral researcher at Perimeter, won third prize for a paper that explores a new intersection between particle physics and cosmology.
The announcement was made on January 6 at the winter meeting of the American Astronomical Society.
According to reports, the $2,500 Third Prize was awarded to Dr. Afshordi and Dr. Nelson for their work entitled “Cosmological Non-Constant Problem: Cosmological bounds on TeV-scale physics and beyond” recognized by the judging panel as “an intriguing proposition that the Planck scale of quantum gravity may soon be accessible by particle accelerators, based on the expected white noise fluctuations in the cosmological constant, which might not be constant at all but vary widely in space.”
The Buchalter Cosmology Prize is an annual prize that seeks to stimulate ground-breaking theoretical, observational, or experimental work in cosmology that has the potential to produce a breakthrough advance in our understanding. It was created to support the development of new theories, observations, or methods, that can help illuminate the puzzle of cosmic expansion from first principles.
Launched in 2015, the Buchalter Cosmology Prize is an annual prize that seeks to stimulate groundbreaking work in cosmology, particularly work that challenges or extends existing models. It’s the kind of work Perimeter values – and the kind of work cosmology needs.
The winners of the 2015 Buchalter Cosmology Prize were announced on January 6 at the 227th meeting of the American Astronomical Society in Kissimmee, Florida.
The $10,000 First Prize was awarded to Dr. Julian Barbour of the University of Oxford, Dr. Tim Koslowski of the University of New Brunswick, and Dr. Flavio Mercati of the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics,
The $5,000 Second Prize was awarded to Dr. Nemanja Kaloper of the University of California, Davis, and Dr. Antonio Padilla of the University of Nottingham
The Buchalter Cosmology Prize was created by, astrophysicist turned entrepreneur, Dr. Avi Buchalter to encourage and recognize ideas in cosmology that have the potential to fundamentally advance our understanding of physics.
Dr. Buchalter, a former astrophysicist turned entrepreneur, was inspired to create the prize based on his own research and experience in cosmology, and the belief that fundamental breakthroughs in cosmology still lie ahead, but may require altering, challenging, or even breaking some currently-accepted paradigms.