The grant has been awarded to Guilherme Leite Pimentel for the project “Notimeforcosmo”, which will be examining the statistical properties of primordial perturbations imprinted at the Big Bang. The funding is for over a million and a half euros and has a duration of 5 years.

PISA, 23rd November 2023. A Physics researcher at the Scuola Normale Superiore, Guilherme Leite Pimentel, has been awarded an ERC Consolidator Grant of over a million and a half euros for a project on the origin of the Universe. The project for which the funding was obtained – one of the most important grants awarded by the European Community to research studies of potentially great impact on scientific progress - regards primordial cosmology on the heels of the Big Bang and is titled “Notimeforcosmo” (No time for Cosmology). The project, which will have a duration of 5 years, will be carried out at the Normale of Pisa.

“The beginnings of the universe are encoded in the statistical properties of primordial perturbations imprinted at the hot Big Bang”, explains Guilherme Leite Pimentel. “Our project proposes to calculate the cosmological correlations of many of these particles coming from a variety of early universe scenarios. With this data in hand, we will search for new principles from which time evolution emerges from the static distribution of cosmological perturbations. Having a reformulation of cosmological evolution with emergent time, a glimpse into the possible beginnings of our universe might become accessible, as well as its imprint in cosmological correlations”.

With a degree in Electronic Engineering (2006) at the Instituto Tecnológico de Aeronáutica in Brazil and a PhD in Physics at the University of Princeton (2014), Guilherme Leite Pimentel is a cosmologist whose research interests revolve around inflation and the field theory in curved space and strings. He is an assistant professor in theoretical Physics and mathematical models and methods at the Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa.

ERC Press release 


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