Mustafa A. Amin is passionate about teaching and public outreach and works to understand the origin of structure and matter in the cosmos and to ask the following questions:
- How did the universe first get populated with particles during the hot big bang (reheating after inflation)?
- What is the nature of dark matter (with focus on axions, vector and higher spin dark matter)?
- Can we probe the intrinsic spin of dark matter from astrophysics?
His expertise lies in exploring the nonlinear dynamics of cosmological fields -- both in the context of the early universe and the contemporary universe. Dr. Amin is also fascinated by mathematical solutions, their interactions, and their relevance to cosmology, and he has delved into problems related to understanding aspects of Hubble tension, Dark Energy, gravitational waves, CMB spectral distortions, Black hole accretion discs and exoplanets.
- Particle Physics
- Nonlinear Dynamics
- Quantum Field Theory
- General Relativity
- Dark Matter
Honors and Awards
- Rice Graduate Student Association Faculty Teaching and Mentoring Award, 2019
- Durham International Visiting Academics Fellowship, UK 2019
- National Academy of Sciences Kavli Frontiers of Science Fellow, 2016
- Senior Kavli Fellowship, University of Cambridge, UK (2012-2015)
- Pappalardo Fellowhsip, MIT (2008-2011)