Niayesh Afshordi Wins Vainu Bappu Gold Medal

Perimeter Institute Associate Faculty member Niayesh Afshordi has won the Professor M.K. Vainu Bappu Gold Medal from the Astronomical Society of India (ASI).

Perimeter Institute Associate Faculty member Niayesh Afshordi has won the Professor M. K. Vainu Bappu Gold Medal from the Astronomical Society of India (ASI).

PI Director Neil Turok commented, "This is well-deserved recognition of Dr. Afshordi's work. He is an outstanding young scientist who has already made important contributions to our understanding of the dark universe, including the distribution of plasma in galaxy clusters, the phenomenology of dark energy, and the structure of dark matter distribution on small scales."

Dr. Afshordi has made contributions to several areas in cosmology, which studies the origin, evolution, and structure of the universe. He specializes in interdisciplinary problems, and the award citation highlighted Dr. Afshordi's work probing dark energy "using both data from the Cosmic Microwave Background and galaxy surveys and his ideas to constrain primordial non-gaussianity."

Upon learning of the award, Dr. Afshordi said, "I am truly humbled by this honour from the Astronomical Society of India. I think, more than anything, this signifies the importance of international scientific collaboration and exchange that goes beyond borders. I would certainly like to use this opportunity to build stronger ties between Perimeter Institute and the University of Waterloo, and our colleagues at Indian academic institutions."

Established in memory of pioneering Indian astronomer Manali Kallat Vainu Bappu, the biennial award honours outstanding astronomers worldwide under the age of 35. Also honoured was Dr. Nissim Kanekar, of the National Centre for Radio Astrophysics, India. The medals will be presented at a ceremony later this year.

Further Exploration

  • Afshordi, Niayesh; Chung, Daniel J. H.; Geshnizjani, Ghazal "Causal field theory with an infinite speed of sound," arXiv:hep-th/0609150
  • Afshordi, Niayesh; Lin, Yen-Ting; Nagai, Daisuke; Sanderson, Alastair J. R. "Missing thermal energy of the intracluster medium," arXiv:astro-ph/061270
  • Prescod-Weinstein, Chanda; Afshordi, Niayesh; Balogh, Michael L. "Stellar black holes and the origin of cosmic acceleration," arXiv:0905.3551
  • Afshordi, Niayesh; Mohayaee, Roya; Bertschinger, Edmund "Hierarchy in the phase space and dark matter astronomy," arXiv:0911.0414

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