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The announcement was made today at the winter meeting of the American Astronomical Society.
The researchers won the prize for their paper Cosmological Non-Constant Problem: Cosmological bounds on TeV-scale physics and beyond that was published in the Journal of High Energy Physics.
The prestigious judging panel for the prize is comprised of leading theoretical physicists noted for their work in cosmology, including Dr. Sean Carroll of the California Institute of Technology, Dr. Robert Caldwell of Dartmouth College and Dr. Joao Magueijo of Imperial College London.
The judges considered the Waterloo researchers' work “an intriguing proposition that the Planck scale of quantum gravity may soon be accessible by particle accelerators, based on the expected white noise fluctuations in the cosmological constant, which might not be constant at all but vary widely in space.”
The Buchalter Cosmology Prize was created by, astrophysicist turned entrepreneur, Dr. Avi Buchalter to encourage and recognize ideas in cosmology that have the potential to fundamentally advance our understanding of physics.
The 2015 prize winners represent the kind of innovative thinking that can significantly advance our understanding of the universe,” said Dr. Buchalter.
Submissions for the 2016 Buchalter Cosmology Prize are currently being accepted.
The University of Waterloo acknowledges that much of our work takes place on the traditional territory of the Neutral, Anishinaabeg and Haudenosaunee peoples. Our main campus is situated on the Haldimand Tract, the land granted to the Six Nations that includes six miles on each side of the Grand River. Our active work toward reconciliation takes place across our campuses through research, learning, teaching, and community building, and is centralized within our Indigenous Initiatives Office.