Dr Will Handley
- College positions:
- MSci in Experimental and Theoretical Physics, University of Cambridge (2008-2012)
- PhD in Physics, University of Cambridge (2012-2016)
My main interest is in "Initial Conditions for Inflation", examining the effect that high energy physics has on the universe a split second after the Big Bang. In 2014, I proved that that the pre-inflationary universe takes an extremely generic form, independent of the type of particle which drives the early accelerated expansion of the universe.
In addition to theoretical investigation, I also examine the observational consequences of these new ideas; testing theories against the latest data from microwave telescopes using the University supercomputers.
Recently, my work has focused on developing novel Bayesian algorithms for high-dimensional parameter estimation and model comparison using nested sampling. Possible applications currently under investigation include protein folding and compressed sensing, in addition to cosmological parameter estimation.
I am a member of the Planck Core HFI team 2.
- Supervisions: Part IA Mathematics for Natural Sciences (Michaelmas 2012-present)
- Supervisions: Part IA Physics for Natural Sciences (Michaelmas 2015-Easter 2016)
- Supervisions: Part II General Relativity (Michaelmas 2013-present)
- Demonstrating: Part II Theoretical Physics 1 (Michaelmas 2012)
- Demonstrating: Part II Theoretical Physics 2 (Lent 2013)
- Tripos Examples Classes: Part IA Mathematics for Natural Sciences (Easter 2014-present)
First author papers
July 2016: Novel quantum initial conditions for inflation arXiv:1607.04148
June 2016: Constraining the dark energy equation of state using Baye's theorem and the Kullback-Liebler divergence arXiv:1607.00270
Feb 2015: Planck 2015 results: I overview of products and scientific results: arXiv:1502.01582
Feb 2015: Planck 2015 results: XX Constraints on Inflation: arXiv:1502.02114