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Professor David Wands

Director of ICG

David Wands


I studied natural sciences (physics) and maths at the University of Cambridge, and then went to the Astronomy Centre at the University of Sussex, where I obtained my DPhil in 1993. I joined the University of Portsmouth in 1996 and was awarded a Royal Society University Research Fellowship in 1999, before being promoted to professor in the newly formed Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation in 2002. I have published over 140 scientific papers in international journals and given talks on five continents. In 2010 I spent 3 months as a visiting professor at Kyoto University in Japan and led a team which was awarded the Daiwa-Adrian prize for UK-Japan scientific collaboration. I am a board member of the European Physical Society Gravitational Physics Division and a fellow of the Institute of Physics, the Royal Astronomical Society and the International Society for General Relativity and Gravitation.

Research Interests

I study models of the very early universe and the origin of structure in our Universe. I have worked on inflationary models where variations in the primordial distribution of radiation and matter on very large scales can arise from quantum fluctuations on very small scales. Much of my current work is devoted to understanding the non-linear evolution of cosmological perturbations and how non-linear effects may be observed in current and future data. I have also studied alternative proposals for the origin of structure including pre-big bang and ekpyrotic models.

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