Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics and the College
Austin Joyce’s research explores the connections between quantum mechanics, which governs the behavior of the very small, and cosmology, the study of the universe on the largest scales. A central theme of his research is the use of symmetries as an organizing principle. Most recently, he has been investigating the origins of structure in the universe from this perspective. He is particularly interested in understanding the extent to which the evolution of the early universe can be described solely using fundamental physics principles, including causality and the conservation of probabilities.
His findings have been published in the Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics, the Journal of High Energy Physics, and Physical Review D.
Joyce received his BS in physics from Boston College and his PhD in physics from the University of Pennsylvania. Subsequently he was a joint Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics and Robert R. McCormick Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Chicago, and later was a postdoctoral research scientist at the Center for Theoretical Physics at Columbia University. Most recently, he was a Delta Institute for Theoretical Physics Fellow at the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands.