Tanmay Vachaspati

Professor
Faculty
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
1504
Professor
Faculty
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
1504
Director, Cosmology Initiative
Faculty
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
1504

Biography

Tanmay Vachaspati is a theoretical physicist working at the intersection of particle physics, astrophysics, general relativity, and cosmology. He has written extensively on topological defects with an emphasis on cosmic strings, and on the generation, evolution, and observation of primordial magnetic fields. In addition he has made important advances in the study of cosmological inflation, black holes and magnetic monopoles, and has authored the monograph "Kinks and Domain Walls: an introduction to classical and quantum solitons". Vachaspati obtained his doctorate in 1985 from Tufts University and held postdoctoral positions at the University of Delaware and Cambridge University. He has held faculty positions at Tufts University, Case Western Reserve University, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Washington University and University of Maryland. He was Rosenbaum Fellow at the Isaac Newton Institute in Cambridge, Member of the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, and is Fellow of the American Physical Society. He joined Arizona State University in 2010.

Education

Ph.D. Tufts University 1985

Research Interests

Tanmay Vachaspati's research interests include particle physics, astrophysics, general relativity, and cosmology. He has written extensively on cosmic strings, primordial magnetic fields, cosmological inflation, black holes and magnetic monopoles. He has authored the monograph "Kinks and Domain Walls: an introduction to classical and quantum solitons".

 

 

Publications

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Research Activity

Courses

Fall 2018
Course Number Course Title
PHY 495 Project Research
PHY 792 Research
Summer 2018
Course Number Course Title
PHY 792 Research
PHY 799 Dissertation
Spring 2018
Course Number Course Title
PHY 499 Individualized Instruction
PHY 576 Quantum Theory
PHY 792 Research
Fall 2017
Course Number Course Title
PHY 412 Classicl Part/Field/Matter III
PHY 495 Project Research
PHY 792 Research
Summer 2017
Course Number Course Title
PHY 792 Research
PHY 799 Dissertation
Spring 2017
Course Number Course Title
PHY 792 Research
Fall 2016
Course Number Course Title
PHY 792 Research
Summer 2016
Course Number Course Title
PHY 792 Research
PHY 799 Dissertation
Spring 2016
Course Number Course Title
PHY 315 Quantum Physics II
PHY 493 Honors Thesis
PHY 598 Special Topics
PHY 792 Research
PHY 799 Dissertation
Fall 2015
Course Number Course Title
PHY 521 Classical&Continuum Mechanics
PHY 598 Special Topics
PHY 792 Research
Spring 2015
Course Number Course Title
PHY 792 Research
Fall 2014
Course Number Course Title
PHY 521 Classical&Continuum Mechanics
PHY 792 Research
Spring 2014
Course Number Course Title
PHY 121 Univ Physics I: Mechanics
PHY 792 Research

Presentations

  • Tanmay Vachaspati. Cosmological Frontiers in Fundamental Physics. Cosmology Conference, Perimeter Institute (Jul 2013).
  • Tanmay Vachaspati. Quantum Excitations in Time Dependent Backgrounds. MIT seminar (Mar 2013).
  • Tanmay Vachaspati. Topological evolution in gauge theories and cosmology. Quatized Flux in Tightly Knotted Systems (Dec 2012).
  • Tanmay Vachaspati. Gravitational Collapse. Seminar, ASU (Dec 2012).
  • Tanmay Vachaspati. Superconducting strings. Searching for Cosmic Strings in New Observational Windows, McGill University (Oct 2012).
  • Tanmay Vachaspati. Creation of Solitons. Seminar, ASU (Sep 2012).
  • Tanmay Vachaspati. Sphalerons, turbulence, and magnetic fields. P- and CP-odd Effects in Hot and Dense Matter (2012), Brookhaven National Laboratory (Jul 2012).
  • Tanmay Vachaspati. Cosmic Magnetic Fields. Seminar, Perimeter Institute (Apr 2012).
  • Tanmay Vachaspati. Cosmic Magnetic Fields. Coming Opportunities in Physical Cosmology (Jan 2012).
  • Tanmay Vachaspati. Magnetic Fields in the Early Universe -- Chiral Effects and Topology. Quantised Flux in Tightly Knotted and Linked Systems, Isaac Newton Institute (Jan 2012).
  • Tanmay Vachaspati. Radio Bursts from Superconducting Strings. Seminar at Tufts University (Nov 2011).
  • Tanmay Vachaspati. Cosmic Magnetic Fields. Seminar at Simon Fraser University (Sep 2011).
  • Tanmay Vachaspati. Cosmic Magnetic Fields. Seminar at CITA, Toronto (Jul 2011).
  • Tanmay Vachaspati. Topological Defects. Lecture at school on Prospects in Theoretical Physics, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton (Jul 2011).

Service

  • Cosmology Initiative, Director (2010 - Present)