Miralda Escudé Jordi

Position: Professor (ICREA)
Field of research: Observational Cosmology
Email: miraldaicc.ub.edu Web Site
Phone: (+34) 934031326  
Office: V706I - Get there (PHYS2)  
I obtained my Physics degree at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, and I did my PhD in astrophysics at Princeton University, graduating in 1991 with a thesis on gravitational lensing by clusters and large-scale structure. I was a postdoc at the Institute of Astronomy in Cambridge, and a Long-Term Member at the Institute for Advanced Study. I joined the University of Pennsylvania as a professor of astrophysics in 1996, and then moved to The Ohio State University in 2000. I have been back to Catalonia with an ICREA position since 2005, continuing my research in astrophysics and cosmology.
I enjoy searching for physical explanations for what we observe in the Universe. My interests range over the formation of galaxies and their large-scale distribution in space, the composition of the Universe, the intergalactic medium, the formation of massive black holes and the nuclear regions of galaxies, and gravitational lensing as a probe to the nature of dark matter. Over the last few years I have focused on the large-scale distribution of intergalactic gas probed by spectroscopic surveys of quasars observing hydrogen in absorption. This is revealing crucial clues on both the initial conditions of the Universe and the formation of galaxies. At present I am looking at techniques to inquire on the nature of the dark matter, among them the observation of extremely magnified high-redshift stars close to the critical curves of clusters of galaxies acting as gravitational lenses. I am also interested in theories of light axions or scalar fields as promising candidates for the dark matter.