Dr. Satyen Baindur

Astroparticle Physics Links & Resources

I have had a very strong interest in the physics of the early universe, and in the interface of cosmology, astrophysics and particle physics, ever since I was an undergraduate. The field has since then come to be called astroparticle physics, and I continue to have a very strong interest in the field.

Included below are some links and resources; of necessity, these reflect my personal interests in (a) Dark Energy, and (b) Dark Matter, Galaxy and Structure Formation and (c) Ekpyrotic Cosmology & its Analogies in Relativistic Heavy Ion Physics. In developing this page, I have surveyed the field quite extensively, but no claim to comprehensiveness is made. Most sites I link to are those of individual researchers, their particular papers, their academic and research institutions; journals and archives; seminars and presentations; but I have also deliberately linked in some sites that are explicitly devoted to outreach.

Dark Energy
Dark Energy Searches
Ekpyrotic Cosmology & Analogies to Relativistic Heavy Ion Physics
Computational Cosmology Links
Astroparticle Physics Journals
Astroparticle Physics Academic Links
Astroparticle Physics at National Laboratories
Astroparticle Seminars & Colloquia
Astroparticle Conferences

My interests in cosmology, astroparticle physics and nuclear physics range over (i) dark energy, (ii) dark matter, galaxy & structure formation, (iii) Ekpyrotic Cosmology and its analogies in relativistic heavy ion physics.

News and Links

March 2013: Neil Turok re-appointed to second term as Director of the Perimeter Institute starting October 2013; Becomes Inaugural Lazaridis-Bohr Chair.
September 7, 2012: Arizona State University inaugurates Cosmology Initiative    Prof. Tanmay Vachaspati is Director.
September 2012: Prof. Neelima Sehgal, an observational cosmologist workng on Dark Energy, joins Stony Brook University from Princeton
July 2012: Ilene Busch-Vishniac is new President of The University of Saskatchewan; Ethan Vishniac and Astrophysical Journal Editorial Offices also move to USask.
June 2012: Prof. Charles Bennett of Johns Hopkins and the Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe (WMAP) Team Win 2012 Gruber Prize in Cosmology    WMAP Team
October 2011: Prof. Adam Riess of Johns Hopkins wins Nobel Prize in Physics "for the discovery of the accelerating expansion of the Universe through observations of distant supernovae" (with Brian Schmidt of ANU; Saul Perlmutter of LBNL/UC Berkeley getting half the Prize)
September 2011: Prof. Marc Kamionkowski, cosmological inflation theorist, joins Johns Hopkins from Caltech
September 2011: Dr. Adrienne Erickcek, a student of Prof. Marc Kamionkowski, joins Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR) Cosmology & Gravity Program as a Junior Fellow.
August 2011: Dr. W. Vernon Jones, Astroparticle Physics Program Officer at NASA Headquarters, wins 2011 Yodh Prize "for his outstanding contributions to balloon-borne cosmic ray and particle astrophysics experiments".
May 2011: Johns Hopkins PhD Physics alumnus Prof. Loren Pfeiffer of Princeton University elected to National Academy of Sciences
September 2010: Observational cosmologist Tobias Marriage joins Johns Hopkins faculty from Princeton
September 2009: Ronald Daniels, a Canadian, is 14th President of Johns Hopkins
August 2009: Richard Hazeltine, Former Director Institute of Fusion Studies is Next Physics Chair at UT Austin
September 2008: Johns Hopkins Leading US Institution by R&D Funding 29th Year in a Row
September 2008: Princeton-Johns Hopkins Institute for Quantum Matter (IQM) Established

September 2007: Johns Hopkins PhD Physics alumna Prof. Megan Urry now Physics Department Chair at Yale.

Membership in Research Networks

1. Inflation Probe Science Analysis Group (IPSAG)
2. Physics of the Cosmos Program Analysis Group (PhysPAG)

Dark Energy

The Dark Energy Survey

The Dark Energy Camera

The Dark Energy Survey: International Collaboration Meeting, SLAC, Menlo Park, CA., Dec 1-4, 2009

Dark Energy Space Telescope (DESTINY)

Report of the Dark Energy Task Force

Dr Adam Riess, Space Telescope Science Institute, on Dark Energy

Weinberg, Mortonson, Eisenstein, Hirata, Riess & Rozo: Observational Probes of Cosmic Acceleration. (January 2012)

Dr Edward (Rocky) Kolb, University of Chicago on "Particle Physics Foundations of Dark Matter, Dark Energy, and Inflation at CERN, Geneva, May 2012

Prof. Sean Carroll, Caltech, Dark Energy FAQ

Prof. Sean Carroll, Caltech, A Cosmology Primer

Learner.Org [Annenberg Center] Physics Teacher Development Facilitator's Guide on Dark Energy

astroparticle.org, an outreach website of the ASPERA Network for Astroparticle Physics.

The ASPERA Network for Astroparticle Physics.

2011 Nobel Prize in Physics Press Release

The Supernova Cosmology Project

The Wide-Field Infrared Survey Telescope [WFIRST] Dark Energy Page

The Wide-Field Infrared Survey Telescope [WFIRST] Techniques for 'Measuring Dark Energy'

DARK Cosmology Center, Copenhagen

Dark Energy Searches

Atacama Cosmology Telescope (ACT)

Atacama Cosmology Telescope Publications (Experimental)

Atacama Cosmology Telescope Publications (Theory)

Atacama Cosmology Telescope Website (Princeton)

Evidence for Dark Energy from CMB Alone Using ACT Lensing [Sherwin et al PRL 107 021302 (2011)]

Evidence of Galaxy Cluster Motions with the Kinematic Sunyaev-Zeldovich Effect

The Atacama Cosmology Telescope: A Measurement of the Thermal Sunyaev-Zeldovich Effect Using the Skewness of the CMB Temperature Distribution (arXiv Preprint astro-ph 1203.6633 29 Mar 2012)

The Atacama Cosmology Telescope: Cosmological Parameters from the 2008 Power Spectra

The Sunyaev Zeldovich Array (SZA)

Ekpyrotic Cosmology & Analogies in Relativistic Heavy Ion Physics

Tseng, Chien-Yao. Deviation from standard inflationary cosmology and the problems in ekpyrosis. PhD Thesis, California Institute of Technology, 2013.

Brandenberger, Robert H. "The Matter Bounce Alternative to Inflationary Cosmology." arXiv preprint arXiv:1206.4196 (2012).

Cailleteau, Thomas, Parampreet Singh, and Kevin Vandersloot. "Nonsingular ekpyrotic/cyclic model in loop quantum cosmology." Physical Review D 80.12 (2009): 124013.

Khoury, Justin, and Paul J. Steinhardt. "Adiabatic ekpyrosis: scale-invariant curvature perturbations from a single scalar field in a contracting universe." Physical Review Letters 104.9 (2010): 091301.

Buchbinder, Evgeny I., Justin Khoury, and Burt A. Ovrut. "Non-Gaussianities in new ekpyrotic cosmology." Physical review letters 100.17 (2008): 171302.

Buchbinder, Evgeny I., Justin Khoury, and Burt A. Ovrut. "New ekpyrotic cosmology." Physical Review D 76.12 (2007): 123503..

Steinhardt, Paul J., and Neil Turok. "A cyclic model of the universe." Science 296.5572 (2002): 1436-1439.

J. Khoury, B.A. Ovrut, P.J. Steinhardt, N. Turok, The Ekpyrotic Universe: Colliding Branes and the Origin of the Hot Big Bang, Physical Review D64, 2001, 123522

Relativistic Heavy Ion Physics: The Little Bang

Raju Venugopalan Home Page at Nuclear Theory Group, BNL

Ekpyrosis and inflationary dynamics in heavy ion collisions: the role of quantum fluctuations (arXiV 1107.0247)

Raju Venugopalan "Glasma to plasma: classical coherence, quantum decoherence & thermalization in the little Bang"

"From Color Glass Condensate to Plasma (via the Glasma)" Lecture 1 Raju Venugopalan. Brookhaven National Laboratory. JET school, McGill, June 16-18, 2012

"The Glasma: Coherence, Evolution, Correlations" Lecture 2 Raju Venugopalan. Brookhaven National Laboratory. JET school, McGill, June 16-18, 2012

"Glasma to Plasma: Instabilities, Quantum Decoherence and Thermalization" Lecture 3 Raju Venugopalan. Brookhaven National Laboratory. JET school, McGill, June 16-18, 2012

The Spectrum of Fluctuations

Brandenburger, Robert: On the Spectrum of Fluctuations in an Effective Field Theory of the Ekpyrotic Universe (2001)

Dusling, Gelis, Venugopalan: The Initial Spectrum of Fluctuations in the Little Bang (2011)

Computational Cosmology Links

Institute for Computational Cosmology - Durham University, UK

Computational Cosmology Center (C3) - Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory

GADGET - an N-body Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics Code from Max Planck Institut Garching

University of Washington 'N-body Shop' (ChaNGa [Charm N-body GrAvity solver] code - collisionless smoothed-particle cosmological simulations)

UK National Cosmology Supercomputer - COSMOS code - at Cambridge U

Computational Cosmology at Georgia Tech

Computational Cosmology Task Force Report November 2007

Mark Vogelsberger (Harvard): New Trends in Computational Cosmology, May 2011.

ICTP Computational Cosmology Conference 2005

Supersymmetry for Astrophysics & Cosmology

Prof. Jonathan Feng, UC Irvine

Supersymmetry for Astrophysicists - Lecture 1 (XXXV SLAC Summer Institute)

Supersymmetry for Astrophysicists - Lecture 2 (XXXV SLAC Summer Institute)

Supersymmetry for Astrophysicists - Lecture 3 (XXXV SLAC Summer Institute)

Astroparticle Physics Journals

Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics (JCAP)

Astroparticle Physics

Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory / NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The Astrophysical Journal

Physical Review Online Archive (PROLA)

astro-ph arXiv

Cosmology & Extragalactic Astrophysics - Recent Submissions to the ArXiv

Astroparticle Physics Academic Links

The Kavli Institutes

Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe, Tokyo, Japan.

Kavli Institute for Cosmology, Cambridge UK.

Kavli Institute for Physics & Astrophysics, Beijing, China.

MIT Kavli Institute for Astrophysics & Space Research, Boston, MA.

Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics, University of Chicago.

Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology (KIPAC), Stanford, CA.

Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics (KITP), Santa Barbara, California.

Prof. Nima Arkani-Hamed speaks at KITP on 'Exploring the Dark Universe', 16 December 2009.

KITP Miniprogram: Direct, Indirect and Collider Signals of Dark Matter, December 2009.

KITP Program: Strings at the LHC and in the Early Universe (March 8 - May 14, 2010)

KITP Program: Nonequilibrium Dynamics in Particle Physics and Cosmology

The International Solvay Institutes, Brussels


Paul Steinhardt, Albert Einstein Professor at Princeton University

Brown University Astrophysics & Cosmology

Center for Cosmic Origins, Dartmouth College

Prof. Alan Harvey Guth, the Victor Frederick Weisskopf Professor of Physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Johns Hopkins University Cosmology Discovery Group (CDG)

Prof. Marc Kamionkowski, Johns Hopkins, Spring 2012 Course on Particle Astrophysics

Prof. Daniel Baumann, Institute of Advanced Study, Princeton: Open Problems in Inflationary Cosmology February 2011

Prof. Daniel Baumann, Cambridge University;Lecture Notes on Inflation IUCAA Pune, India, October 2011

Daniel Baumann, Mark G. Jackson, Peter Adshead, Alexandre Amblard, Amjad Ashoorioon, Nicola Bartolo, Rachel Bean et al: CMBPol Mission Concept Study: Probing Inflation with CMB Polarization

Center for the Fundamental Laws of Nature, Harvard University


Center for Cosmology & Astroparticle Physics (CCAPP) at Ohio State University, Columbus

Astrophysical Institute at Ohio University, Athens.

Center for Education & Research in Cosmology & Astrophysics (CERCA) at Case Western Reserve University

Particle Astrophysics Seminars at Case Western Reserve University

Cosmology at University of Michigan

Prof. Bharat Ratra: Cosmology at Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS

Cosmology at University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS

New York

Center for Cosmology & Particle Physics (CCPP), New York University

Theoretical Cosmology & Elementary Particle Physics, Syracuse University

Institute for Strings, Cosmology & Astroparticle Physics (ISCAP), Columbia University.

High Energy Physics & Cosmology, University at Buffalo (SUNY)

Prof. Rachel Bean, Department of Astronomy, Cornell University

Prof. Rachel Bean: Understanding Dark Energy Presentation to PhysPAG, August 15 2012

Prof. Rachel Bean: Dark Energy (Lectures at TASI-2009 University of Colorado)

Rachel Bean, Sean Carroll, Mark Trodden: Insights into Dark Energy: Interplay Between Theory and Observation (February 5, 2008)

Prof. Rachel Bean: Constraining Modified Gravity Theories of Dark Energy, Origins of Dark Energy Conference, Origins Institute McMaster University, May 14-17 2007.

Prof. Rachel Bean: Linking Dark Energy Observations and Theory, February 2006

Prof. Rachel Bean: An Overview of Dark Energy, 'Beyond Einstein' Symposium, SLAC, 2004.


Cosmology at Penn State University, State College, PA.

Institute for Gravitation and the Cosmos, Penn State University

Center for Fundamental Theory (CFT)

Center for Theoretical and Observational Cosmology (CTOC)

Center for Particle Astrophysics (CPA)

PITTsburgh Particle physics, Astrophysics, and Cosmology Center (PittPACC)

Bruce & Astrid McWilliams Center for Cosmology, Carnegie Mellon University.

Center for Particle Cosmology, University of Pennsylvania.

Four Corner States

Arizona State University Cosmology Initiative

Professor Tanmay Vachaspati, Director, Arizona State University Cosmology Initiative

Astrophysics & Cosmology at University of Arizona

Santa Fe Cosmology Workshop July 7-25, 2014


Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology (KIPAC), Stanford, CA.

Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics (KITP), Santa Barbara, California.

Center for Astrophysics & Space Sciences (CASS), University of California, San Diego

Cosmology at University of California, Los Angeles

Center for Cosmology at University of California, Irvine

Berkeley Cosmology Group (BCG), University of California, Berkeley + Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory

Astrophysics & Cosmology, University of California, Riverside

Cosmology at University of California, Davis


Canadian Institute of Theoretical Astrophysics, U of Toronto

Perimeter Institute Cosmology Research Area

McMaster University Cosmology (esp. Profs. Burgess, Harris, and Parker).

Astrophysics & Gravitation, U of Waterloo

Niayesh Afshordi

Afshordi May 15 2014: Probing Dark Matter Nanostructure

Theoretical Cosmology Group, McGill University

Prof. Robert Brandenberger, Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in Theoretical Cosmology, McGill University

Prof. Matthew Adam Dobbs, Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) in Astroparticle Physics, McGill University

Prof. Gil Holder, Galaxy & Structure Formation, McGill University

Prof. Jim Cline, Theoretical Particle Cosmology, McGill University

University of British Columbia (UBC) Astrophysics

Prof. Kris Sigurdson

Prof. Ludovic Van Waerbeke

Prof. Douglas Scott

Simon Fraser University (SFU) Vancouver, Cosmology Group

University of Victoria Astroparticle Physics Group

Cosmology & Gravity Group, University of Alberta


United Kingdom

Particle and Astroparticle Physics, University of Oxford

Institute of Cosmology & Gravitation, Portsmouth.


AstroParticule et Cosmologie (APC), Universite Paris 7, Paris

Institut d'Astrophysique de Paris


Theoretical Astroparticle Physics & Cosmology at the Arnold Sommerfeld Center for Theoretical Physics, Ludwig-Maximilian University of Munich

Prof. Dr. Vyatcheslav Mukhanov, Chair for Theoretical Astroparticle Physics & Cosmology at the Arnold Sommerfeld Center for Theoretical Physics, Ludwig-Maximilian University of Munich

Prof. Dr. Eiichiro Komatsu, Director of the Department of Physical Cosmology, Max-Planck-Institut für Astrophysik, Germany

Transregional Collaborative Research Centre TRR 33 - The Dark Universe - Universities of Heidelberg, Bonn & Munich

The 18 SubProjects of the Transregional Collaborative Research Centre TRR 33 - The Dark Universe

Axion Cosmology (Kosmologie) at Georg-August-Universität Göttingen (University of Göttingen)

Prof. Kerson Huang, MIT & Institute of Advanced Studies, Singapore: Dark Matter and Dark Energy in a Superfluid Universe at RETUNE 2012, Karl-Ruprecht University, Heidelberg.

Elsewhere in Europe

Institut de Ciences del Cosmos, Barcelona Spain

Helsinki Institute of Technology Astroparticle Physics, Finland



Centre for Theoretical Physics, Jamia Millia Islamia, Delhi, India

Inter-University Centre for Astronomy & Astrophysics, Ganeshkhind, Pune, India

Prof. Jasjeet Singh Bagla, IISER, Mohali, India

Centre for Astroparticle Physics, Saha Institute for Nuclear Physics, India


Institute for Nuclear & Particle Physics, Astronomy and Cosmology (INPAC), Shanghai Jiaotong University

Shanghai Astronomical Observatory - Cosmology & Large Scale Structure Research Area.

Particle Theory and Cosmology, Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) and Department of Physics, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology


Korea Astronomy & Space Science Institute (KASI) - Cosmology Group (CosKASI)

Institute for the Early Universe, EWHA Women's University, Korea.

Astroparticle Physics Group, Hanyang University, Korea.

Korea Institute for Advanced Study - Extragalactic Astrophysics & Cosmology Group.


International Centre for Theoretical Physics, Trieste. Summer School on Cosmology, 16-27 July 2012

International Centre for Theoretical Physics, Trieste. Summer School on Cosmology, 19-30 July 2010

Astroparticle Physics Groups at National Laboratories

Brookhaven National Laboratory Cosmology and Astrophysics Group

Erin Sheldon Presentation: Cosmology and Astrophysics at Brookhaven (29 Sep 2010)

Nuclear and Particle Physics, Astrophysics and Cosmology, T-2, Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Cosmology and Dark Energy Group at Argonne National Laboratory

Astroparticle Physics at Fermilab

Cosmology at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory

Computational Cosmology Center (C3) at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory

Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey (BOSS) at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory

Particle Astrophysics & Cosmology at SLAC

Astrophysics at Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Astroparticle Physics Seminars & Colloquia

U of Chicago Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics (KICP) Seminars

Johns Hopkins University Physics Seminars and Colloquia

Institute of Advanced Study, Princeton: Astrophysics Seminars

Cosmology & Astrophysics Seminars, Karl-Ruprecht University of Heidelberg.

McGill University Astroparticle Physics Seminars

Astroparticle Theory Seminar at Max Planck Institute Heidelberg

International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) - High Energy, Cosmology, Astroparticle Physics Seminars

Ohio State University Center for Cosmology and Astro-Particle Physics (CCAPP) Seminars

International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA) Astroparticle Physics Seminars & Colloquia

Recent & Upcoming Astroparticle Conferences

List of Upcoming Meetings/Workshops on Astronomy, Astrophysics and Cosmology in the United States (USA)

American Physical Society (APS) Meeting Calendar

ICTP Conference on the Future of Astroparticle Physics, 8-11 October 2013, Trieste, Italy

Perimeter Institute Conference on Cosmological Frontiers in Fundamental Physics, July 8-11, 2013       [also: Perimeter Institute Conference: Challenges for Early Universe Cosmology 2011

Invited Session on Instrumentation for Current and Future Gravitational Wave Detectors, APS April Meeting, Saturday-Tuesday, April 13-16, 2013; Denver, Colorado

Session on Gravitational Wave Data Analysis, APS April Meeting, Saturday-Tuesday, April 13-16, 2013; Denver, Colorado

Invited Session on Cosmology & Early Universe, APS April Meeting, Saturday-Tuesday, April 13-16, 2013; Denver, Colorado

Invited Session on Dark Energy, APS April Meeting, Saturday-Tuesday, April 13-16, 2013; Denver, Colorado

Central European Seminar on Particle Physics and Quantum Field Theory: Dark Matter, Dark Energy, Black Holes and Quantum Aspects of the Universe; Vienna, Austria, November 30 - December 02, 2012.

SnowPAC, SnowCLUSTER and SnowDARK, Snowmass, Utah, March 17-25 2013.

Gravity and Cosmology 2012, Yukawa Institute for Theoretical Physics, Kyoto, Japan, 18 November-22 December 2012

36th Johns Hopkins Particle Theory Workshop: Understanding the TeV Scale Through LHC Data, Dark Matter, and Other Experiments, Florence Italy, October 16-19, 2012

14th American Physical Society (APS) Northwest Section Meeting, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, BC, October 18-20 2012

22nd Midwest Relativity Meeting, KICP Chicago, September 28-29, 2012

Exploring the Dark Universe: Frontiers of Cosmology and Astrophysics in the 21st Century; Tucson, AZ, October 7-8, 2012

The 16th Annual International Conference on Particle Physics and Cosmology (COSMO 2012), September 10-14, 2012 Beijing China

COSMO 2012 Sessions on Cosmic Acceleration, September 10-11, 2012

Workshop on Cosmic Acceleration COSMIC 2012, Carnegie-Mellon University, Pittsburgh PA, USA August 24-26 2012

9th International Conference on the Identification of Dark Matter 2012, IDM 2012 Chicago USA July 23-27 2012

34th Johns Hopkins Workshop on Current Problems in Particle Theory, Baltimore May 23-25, 2010: New Collisions between Theory and Experiment

TeV Particle Astrophysics 2009, July 13-17 2009, SLAC Menlo Park CA.

Buffalo-Case-Cornell-Syracuse Workshop On Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics, December 8-9, 2008, Cleveland, Ohio.

XXXV SLAC Summer Institute "Dark Matter: From the Cosmos to the Laboratory", SLAC Menlo Park CA, July 30-August 10, 2007.