Yacine Ali-Haïmoud

Assistant Professor of Physics
New York University

yah2 "at" nyu "dot" edu

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I am an assistant professor of physics at NYU. I was previously a postdoc at Johns Hopkins University (2014-17) and at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton (2011-14). I received my PhD in astrophysics from Caltech in 2011, and my undergraduate education at the École Polytechnique in France.

I am broadly interested in theoretical astrophysics and cosmology, with a focus on analytic work. My research in astrophysics has concentrated on interstellar spinning dust grains and large molecules. As a cosmologist, I work on understanding the implications of various dark-matter candidates and initial conditions on cosmological observables, such as the cosmic microwave background and large-scale-structure.

Teaching and pedagogical materials

- Undergraduate-level mathematical physics (spring 2019):
vectors and tensors, differential and integral analysis, complex analysis, ODEs, Laplace equation

- Graduate-level general relativity: fall 2019, fall 2018, fall 2017

- Excerpts from my Warner Prize talk at the June 2019 AAS meeting, with illustrations and movies about cosmological recombination and the CMB.

- Lectures on the cosmic microwave background given at Fudan University, Shanghai (2/26/17 to 3/3/17):

Lecture 1: introduction, general concepts
Lecture 2: recombination, the Boltzmann equation, the thermalization problem
Lecture 3: perturbed Boltzmann equation, introduction to polarization and parameter estimation

Last updated: September 2019