Philip Mocz and Lachlan Lancaster Receive a 2020 Buchalter Cosmology Prize

Friday, Jan 15, 2021
by Department of Astrophysical Sciences

Astrophysical Sciences’ Philip Mocz, the Lyman Spitzer, Jr. Postdoctoral Fellow and Lachlan Lancaster, fourth-year graduate student are recipients of a 2020 Buchalter Cosmology Prize. They won third place as collaborators on a paper entitled, “First star-forming structures in fuzzy cosmic filaments” which was selected as a work that is a first-of-its-kind hydrodynamic simulation that explores the interplay between ordinary matter and the wave-like interference effects of fuzzy dark matter in the first galaxies, predicting distinct signatures of fuzzy dark matter that may be within reach of detection by forthcoming missions.” The paper was published in Physical Review Letters in 2019.

The Buchalter Cosmology Prize was established in 2014 by Dr. Ari Buchalter, a theoretical astrophysicist turned business entrepreneur. The Prize is awarded annually to encourage ground-breaking work in cosmology that can ultimately lead to formulating broader cosmological theories that explain current observations, and test new predictions that can fundamentally advance our understanding of physics.  A monetary award is shared equally by the paper’s co-authors and award recipients are announced each January.

The announcement can be found here.