Professor Levon Pogosian

Levon Pogosian Wins 2021 Buchalter Cosmology Prize

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VANCOUVER, Canada (sfu.ca) — Simon Fraser University (SFU) of Vancouver’s Physics Professor Levon Pogosian won the 2021 Buchalter Cosmology Prize. Pogosian and his collaborator Karsten Jedamzik from the University of Montpellier will share the First Prize award for their research on relieving the Hubble tension with primordial magnetic fields.

The Hubble tension is one of cosmology’s greatest puzzles that concerns the apparent difference in the Hubble constant, or how fast the universe is expanding today, determined using different types of observations. Pogosian and Jedamzik showed how accounting for magnetic fields in the early universe can help to reconcile the difference.

The award committee recognized the work as “a novel and original framework to naturally resolve the Hubble tension via additional baryon inhomogeneities induced by primordial magnetic fields, which if confirmed, would have significant impact on our understanding of the Universe and to future of cosmology.”

The Buchalter Cosmology Prize established in 2014, recognizes “ground-breaking theoretical, observational, or experimental work in cosmology that has the potential to produce a breakthrough advance in our understanding of the origin, structure, and evolution of the universe.” This year’s winners were announced by the American Astronomical Society.

Pogosian graduated from Yerevan State University in Armenia and received his PhD from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. He was a research fellow at Imperial College London, Tufts University and Syracuse University before taking on a faculty position at SFU, where he is now Professor of Physics. He is a theoretical cosmologist using the observable universe as a laboratory for testing the laws of nature. He is particularly interested in dark energy and modified gravity, cosmic magnetic fields, cosmic strings and other relics of the Big Bang.

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