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Nishant Agarwal

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Nishant AgarwalAssistant Professor

Education

  • Ph D: Astronomy and Space Sciences, (2011), Cornell University - Ithaca, NY
    Dissertation/Thesis Title: Cosmic acceleration: Past and present
  • MS: Astronomy and Space Sciences, (2009), Cornell University - Ithaca, NY
  • MS: Physics, (2006), Indian Institute of Technology - Kanpur, India
  • BS: Physics, (2004), St. Stephen's College, University of Delhi - Delhi, India

Awards and Honors

  • Institute for Gravitation and the Cosmos Postdoctoral Fellow (2014) - The Pennsylvania State University
  • Second prize in the Gravity Research Foundation 2013 essay competition (2013)
  • McWilliams Postdoctoral Fellowship (2011) - Carnegie Mellon University
  • Sangeeta Pradhan Memorial Gold Medal (2006) - Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur
  • DST Award for Participation in the 55th Meeting of Nobel Laureates and Students in Lindau, Germany (2005) - Department of Science and Technology, Government of India
  • Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd (BPCL) Scholarship for Higher Studies (2004)
  • Sumitomo Scholarship (2001) - St. Stephen's College, University of Delhi

Publications

  • Shandera, S. (The Pennsylvania State University), Agarwal, N., Kamal, A. () "A cosmological open quantum system," arXiv:1708.00493
  • Kahniashvili, T., Kar, A., Lavrelashvili, G., Agarwal, N., Heisenberg, L., Kosowsky, A. (2015) "Cosmic expansion in extended quasidilaton massive gravity," Physical Review D 91: pp. 041301
  • Byun, J., Agarwal, N., Bean, R., Holman, R. (2015) "Looking for non-Gaussianity in all the right places: A new basis for nonseparable bispectra," Physical Review D 91: pp. 123518
  • Ho, S., Agarwal, N., Myers, A.D., Lyons, R., Disbrow, A., others, . (2015) "Sloan Digital Sky Survey III photometric quasar clustering: Probing the initial conditions of the Universe," Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics 05: pp. 040
  • Agarwal, N., Ho, S., Myers, A.D., Seo, H., Ross, A.J., others, . (2014) "Characterizing unknown systematics in large scale structure surveys," Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics 04: pp. 007
  • Agarwal, N., Ho, S., Shandera, S. (2014) "Constraining the initial conditions of the Universe using large scale structure," Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics 02: pp. 038
  • Agarwal, N., Ribeiro, R.H., Holman, R. (2014) "Why does the effective field theory of inflation work?," Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics 06: pp. 016
  • Agarwal, N., Holman, R., Tolley, A.J., Lin, J. (2013) "Effective field theory and non-Gaussianity from general inflationary states ," Journal of High Energy Physics 05: pp. 085
  • Agarwal, N., Holman, R., Tolley, A.J. (2013) "What is the shape of the initial state?," International Journal of Modern Physics D 22: pp. 1341015
  • Agarwal, N., Aluri, P.K., Jain, P., Khanna, U., Tiwari, P. (2012) "A complete 3D numerical study of the effects of pseudoscalar-photon mixing on quasar polarizations ," European Physical Journal C 72: pp. 1928
  • Agarwal, N., Kamal, A., Jain, P. (2011) "Alignments in quasar polarizations: Pseudoscalar-photon mixing in the presence of correlated magnetic fields," Physical Review D 83: pp. 065014
  • Agarwal, N., Bean, R., Khoury, J., Trodden, M. (2011) "Screening bulk curvature in the presence of large brane tension," Physical Review D 83: pp. 124004
  • Agarwal, N., Bean, R., McAllister, L., Xu, G. (2011) "Universality in D-brane Inflation," Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics 09: pp. 002
  • Agarwal, N., Bean, R., Khoury, J., Trodden, M. (2010) "Cascading cosmology," Physical Review D 81: pp. 084020
  • Agarwal, N., Bean, R. (2009) "Cosmological constraints on general, single field inflation," Physical Review D 79: pp. 023503
  • Agarwal, N., Jain, P., McKay, D.W., Ralston, J.P. (2008) "Signatures of pseudoscalar photon mixing in CMB polarization," Physical Review D 78: pp. 085028
  • Agarwal, N., Bean, R. (2008) "The dynamical viability of scalar–tensor gravity theories," Classical and Quantum Gravity 25: pp. 165001

Contracts, Fellowships, Grants and Sponsored Research

  • CosmoArchaeology: Digging for the Initial State (2012), Grant - John Templeton Foundation Research Grant
    Agarwal, N. (Co-Principal), Holman, R. (Principal), Ho, S. (Co-Principal), O'Connell, R. (Co-Principal), Shandera, S. (Co-Principal)