Ph.D. 2003 Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa
My research activity focuses on theoretical high energy physics, in particular on quantum field theory, gravity, and cosmology.
Recent and ongoing projects include: theoretically and observationally consistent long-distance modifications of general relativity; a field-theoretical description of hydrodynamics, with applications in condensed matter systems, heavy-ion collisions, cosmology; an effective field theory for cosmological perturbations; consistent, null energy condition violating systems as alternatives to primordial inflation.
(Complete list from SPIRES here)
S. Endlich, A. Nicolis, R. Rattazzi and J. Wang,"The quantum mechanics of perfect fluids,''arXiv:1011.6396 [hep-th].
L. Hui and A. Nicolis,"An equivalence principle for scalar forces,''Phys. Rev. Lett. 105, 231101 (2010)
P. Creminelli, A. Nicolis and E. Trincherini, "Galilean Genesis: an alternative to inflation,''JCAP 1011, 021 (2010)
D. Baumann, A. Nicolis, L. Senatore and M. Zaldarriaga, "Cosmological Non-Linearities as an Effective Fluid,"arXiv:1004.2488.
A. Nicolis, R.Rattazzi and E. Trincherini, "The galileon as a local modification of gravity," Phys. Rev. D 79, 064036 (2009).
P. Creminelli, M. A. Luty, A. Nicolis and L. Senatore, "Starting the universe: Stable violation of the null energy condition and non-standard cosmologies," JHEP 0612, 080 (2006).
A. Adams, N. Arkani-Hamed, S. Dubovsky, A. Nicolis and R. Rattazzi, "Causality, analyticity, and an IR obstruction to UV completion," JHEP 0610, 014 (2006).
N. Arkani-Hamed, L. Motl, A. Nicolis and C. Vafa, "The string landscape, black holes, and gravity as the weakest force," JHEP 0706,060 (2007).
S. Dubovsky, T. Gregoire, A. Nicolis and R. Rattazzi, "Null energy condition and superluminal propagation,"JHEP 0603, 025 (2006).