PCCP Fellows

Valerie Domcke

Current PCCP Fellow

Years: 

10/15/2015 to 10/15/2017

After graduating from the Technical University of Munich in 2010, I moved to Hamburg for a PhD in the field of particle cosmology under the supervision of Wilfried Buchmuller. Subsequently, from 2013 to 2015, I was a postdoc at SISSA in Trieste, Italy.

Fascinated by the interplay between elementary particle physics and cosmology, I study cosmological implications of Beyond the Standard Model scenarios. In particular, my aim is to implement different stages of the very early evolution of our universe within a single well-motivated theoretical framework, while simultaneously identifying possible observable features. To this end, I have worked on inflation, reheating, leptogenesis, dark matter, gravitational waves and neutrino physics.

Since joining APC in 2015, my main focus has been on probing the early universe with gravitational waves. Interacting extremely weakly, gravitational waves which are produced in the early universe travel freely until today, carrying information on times as early as cosmic inflation. My recent work has been on particle physics models of the early Universe which may produce a sizable gravitational wave signal.
 

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