Edward Wilson-Ewing (Assistant Professor)
PhD (Penn State)
My research interests lie at the intersection of quantum gravity and cosmology. I use loop quantum gravity to study quantum effects in the early universe, determine how these effects modify the resulting cosmological dynamics from what is predicted by the classical theory of general relativity, and calculate whether they leave any observational signatures that could be detected today, for example in the cosmic microwave background.
My current research is focused on three main topics:
- cosmological perturbation theory in loop quantum cosmology and its application to inflationary, matter bounce and ekpyrotic scenarios,
- the relation between the minisuperspace models of loop quantum cosmology and full loop quantum gravity,
- the loop quantum cosmology of the anisotropic Bianchi space-times.