I am interested in a broad range of fundamental questions on the interface between cosmology and particle physics. In particular understanding the nature and origin of past and present acceleration, i.e. cosmological inflation and dark energy, as well as the nature of dark matter, in terms of a fundamental theory of quantum gravity such as string theory. A complete list of my publications can be found at the INSPIRE database using the link above.

Areas of Expertise

  • Theoretical Cosmology
  • String Cosmology

Publications

  1. Maharana, A., Zavala, I., Zavala Carrasco, I. Postinflationary scalar tensor cosmology and inflationary parameters Physical Review D 97 12
  2. Holland, J., Kanno, S., Zavala, I., Zavala Carrasco, I. Anisotropic inflation with derivative couplings Physical Review D 97 10
  3. Dutta, B., Jimenez, E., Zavala, I., Zavala Carrasco, I. D-brane disformal coupling and thermal dark matter Physical Review D 96 10
  4. Garcia del Moral, M., Parameswaran, S., Quiroz, N., Zavala, I., Zavala Carrasco, I. Anti-D3 branes and moduli in non-linear supergravity Journal of High Energy Physics 2017 10
  5. Dutta, B., Jimenez, E., Zavala, I., Zavala Carrasco, I. Dark matter relics and the expansion rate in scalar-tensor theories Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics 2017 06 032 032

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Teaching

  • PH-024 Waves, Optics and Thermal Physics

    Introduction to wave motion, physical and ray optics, thermodynamics, and kinetic theory.

  • PH-229 Particle Physics I

    This module provides a first introduction to elementary particle physics.

Supervision

  • Gravitational Waves from Inflation (current)

    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Carlos Nunez
    Other supervisor: Dr Gianmassimo Tasinato
  • Cosmological implications of spectator and dynamical fields during inflation (current)

    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Gianmassimo Tasinato
    Other supervisor: Prof Carlos Nunez
  • String theory origin of the primordial universe and its visualisation (current)

    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Carlos Nunez
  • ''String duals of near-conformal gauge theories and some cosmological applications'' (awarded 2017)

    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Prem Kumar