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Eva Silverstein


  • Advisor
  • Gravity & the Extreme Universe




Eva Silverstein is a physicist whose research focuses on UV complete mechanisms and systematics of cosmic inflation, including string-theoretic versions of large-field inflation (with gravity wave CMB signatures) and novel mechanisms involving inflation interactions (with non-Gaussian signatures in the CMB).

She is also interested in concrete holographic models of de Sitter expansion in string theory, aimed at upgrading the AdS/CFT correspondence to cosmology; mechanisms for non-Fermi liquid transport and “2k_F” singularities from strongly coupled finite density quantum field theory; and mechanisms by which the extra degrees of freedom in string theory induce transitions and duality symmetries between spaces of different topology and dimensionality.


  • MacArthur Fellowship, 1999
  • Sloan Research Fellowship, 1999
  • DOE Outstanding Junior Investigator Award, 1999
  • Bergmann Memorial Award, 1999

Relevant Publications

  • Alishahiha, M. et al. "DBI in the sky: Non-Gaussianity from inflation with a speed limit." Phys. Rev. D. 70 (December 2004): 123505.
  • Harvey, J.A. et al, eds. Strings, Branes and Gravity. Singapore: World Scientific, 2001.

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