Joint MIT/Tufts Cosmology Seminar

Spring 2024

February 6 - MIT 
Maria Rodriguez (Utah State and Harvard)
Tidal Deformations of Black Holes
Poster Abstract

February 13 - Tufts online 
Oksana Iarygina (Nordita)
Non-Gaussianity in rapid-turn multi-field inflation
Poster Abstract

February 27 - MIT 
Florian Kuehnel (LMU, Munich)
Primordial Black Holes as Dark Matter
Poster Abstract

March 5 - Tufts 
Wenzer Qin (MIT)
Probing exotic energy injection with the CMB and early star formation
Poster Abstract

March 12 - MIT 
(No seminar)


March 22 - Tufts 
Chris Fewster (York)
Measurement in Quantum Field Theory: measurement schemes, state updates, impossible measurements, and all that
Poster Abstract

April 2 - Tufts 
Fien Apers (Oxford)
String Theory and the First Half of the Universe
Poster Abstract

April 9 - MIT 
Oliver Philcox (Cambridge)
Reflecting the Universe in a Mirror
Poster Abstract

April 16 - Tufts 
Jesus Huertas Castellanos (IFT Madrid / Harvard)
Bubbles of Nothing: The Tunneling Potential Approach
Poster Abstract

April 23 - MIT 
Ken Olum (Tufts)
Gravitational wave results from NANOGrav
Poster Abstract

April 30 - Tufts online 
Itamar Allali (Brown)
Dark Radiation with Baryon Acoustic Oscillations from DESI 2024 and the H0 tension
Poster Abstract

General information

The seminar rotates between MIT and Tufts. MIT seminars are organized by Thomas Steingasser (tstngssr at mit edu), Misha Ivanov (ivanov99 at mit edu), David Kaiser (dikaiser at mit edu), and Alan Guth (guth at ctp mit edu). Tufts seminars are organized by Mark Hertzberg (Mark.Hertzberg at tufts edu) and Alex Vilenkin (vilenkin at cosmos phy tufts edu). These pages are maintained by Ken Olum (

Unless otherwise noted, the seminars at both institutions are on Tuesdays at 2:30 pm.

Links for online seminars will be sent to sent to the cosmology seminar mailing list. Click here to subscribe to the cosmology seminar mailing list.

Usual locations for in-person seminars:

Tufts: 574 Boston Ave, Room 402 (refreshments will be served outside the building at the Harvard St. end if it's not too cold, otherwise in the third-floor hallway)


MIT: Center for Theoretical Physics Cosman Seminar Room, Fourth Floor, Building 6C, Room 6C-442

Click here for seminars in other terms.