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Email: afertig@perimeterinstitute.ca

Phone: (519) 569-7600 x7503

I am interested in bouncing cosmologies in which the big bang is replaced by a bounce from an earlier, contracting phase to the expanding universe we observe. I want to understand if it is possible to describe such a bounce in the semi-classical limit of quantum gravity, i.e. without having a full fundamental theory that combines the smallest scales (quantum physics) with the highest energies (general relativity).

Moreover, I work on a new approach to semi-classical quantum mechanics, in particular on the process of quantum tunneling in which a particle passes through a barrier that classically it cannot overcome. The description makes use of Feynman"s path integral, a "sum" over all possible paths from the initial to the final point, in real time. The resulting integral is highly oscillatory and can be evaluated in the saddle point approximation together with Picard-Lefschetz theory.

- 2011-2016 Max-Planck-Institute for Gravitational Physics Potsdam (Albert-Einstein-Institute), PhD student in Theoretical Cosmology

- Angelika Fertig, Jean-Luc Lehners, Enno Mallwitz, Edward Wilson-Ewing, "Converting entropy to curvature perturbations after a cosmic bounce", JCAP 1610 (2016) no.10, 005, arXiv: 1607.05663.
- Angelika Fertig, Jean-Luc Lehners, Enno Mallwitz, "Conflation: a new type of accelerated expansion", JCAP 1608 (2016) no.08, 073, arXiv: 1507.04742.
- Angelika Fertig, Jean-Luc Lehners, "The Non-Minimal Ekpyrotic Trispectrum", JCAP 1601 (2016) no.01, 026, arXiv: 1510.03439.
- Angelika Fertig, Jean-Luc Lehners, Enno Mallwitz, "Ekpyrotic Perturbations With Small Non-Gaussian Corrections", Phys.Rev. D89 (2014) no.10, 103537, arXiv: 1310.8133.
- PhD Thesis: Alternatives to Inflation - non-minimal ekpyrosis and conflation, Humboldt University, Berlin. 2016. 157 pp.

- Conference Talk: Quantum Tunneling with a Lorentzian Path Integral, Women in Physics Canada Conference at the University of Waterloo.
- Conference Talk: Quantum Tunneling with a Lorentzian Path Integral, Theory Canada 12 Conference at York University, Toronto.
- Quantum Tunneling with a Lorentzian Path Integral, 2017-07-06, Cosmology Group Meeting
- PIRSA:17060101, Discussion Session 2, 2017-06-26, Bounce Scenarios in Cosmology
- PIRSA:16090041, Converting entropy to curvature perturbations after a cosmic bounce , 2016-09-06, Cosmology & Gravitation
- PIRSA:15120027, Alternatives to Inflation - Non-Minimal Ekpyrosis & Conflation , 2015-12-15, Cosmology & Gravitation

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