Constraints on the interacting vacuum — geodesic CDM scenario

At the very end of February, I published my first paper. In this post, I want to provide a brief, non-technical overview of what we* were doing in this work and the results we found. The manuscript is currently under review at MNRAS but you can view the preprint here: http://www.arxiv.org/abs/1902.10694. The aim of this …

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Surviving burn out and the post-paper blues

I published my first paper at the end of February. I won't beat about the bush: writing this paper was exhausting. I'd had unrealistic expectations for how quickly I'd get publishable results, and consequently every delay to our draft felt like a disaster. At first we were going to be ready by July (2018). Then …

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A collaborative week in Leiden

I spent the past week at the Lorentz Institute, the theoretical cosmology part of the physics community at Leiden University. My collaborators there are fellow members of CANTATA, an EU COST-Action that is mainly focused on creating and testing alternative theories of gravity, and I was awarded my second STSM (short-term scientific mission) by CANTATA …

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Slow progress– but progress nonetheless

This week I'm in the Netherlands, visiting colleagues at the Lorentz Institute at Leiden University. Leiden is a beautiful place-- a scaled-down, tourist-free version of Amsterdam-- and the institute is nice too. It's the oldest theoretical physics institute in the Netherlands and has played host to many greats of the field, including Ehrenfest, Fermi and …

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