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Kavli Institute for Cosmology, Cambridge

 
Primordial cosmology
Numerical methods - ODEs, integration
Machine learning

Biography

Education

  • 2017-present: PhD in Cosmology, University of Cambridge
  • 2016-2017: Master of Natural Sciences, University of Cambridge
    • Theoretical and experimental physics
    • Masters project: "The Runge-Kutta-Wentzel-Kramers-Brillouin method and the primordial Universe", supervised by Dr. Will Handley
  • 2013-2016: Bachelor of Arts in Natural Sciences, University of Cambridge

Work experience

  • July 2019-January 2020: Placement at the British Antarctic Survey
    • Predicting Arctic sea ice extent with temporal convolutional networks, supervised by Dr. Scott Hosking
  • Summer 2017 and 2016: Research engineer at Kokoon Technology Ltd., London
    • Classifying sleep stages from electroencephalography
  • Summer 2015: Research student at the Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge
    • Subtracting host-galaxy contributions to the spectral energy distributions of active galactic nuclei, supervised by Dr. Ranjan Vasudevan

 

Research

My research focuses on topics in inflationary cosmology. 

Within that, I work on developing efficient numerical methods to solve commonly occurring differential equations, for the sake of quick Bayesian inference. I wrote oscode/pyoscode, a fast numerical solver for one-dimensional ordinary differential equations with highly oscillatory solutions, such as the Mukhanov-Sasaki equation or the one-dimensional Schrödinger equation.

I'm also interested in how initial conditions are set to cosmological perturbations, in particular the problem of setting the quantum vacuum in curved, expanding spacetimes. 

 

 

Publications

Key publications: 
Complete list of publications on NASA ADS
F. J. Agocs, M. P. Hobson, W. J. Handley, and A. N. Lasenby. "Dense output for highly oscillatory numerical solutions." Submitted to Phys. Rev. Research, Jul 2020.
F. J. Agocs, L. T. Hergt, W. J. Handley, A. N. Lasenby, and M. P. Hobson. "Quantum initial conditions for inflation and canonical invariance." Physical Review D, vol. 102, no. 2, 2020, doi:10.1103/physrevd.102.023507.
F. J. Agocs, W. J. Handley, A. N. Lasenby, and M. P. Hobson. "Efficient method for solving highly oscillatory ordinary differential equations with applications to physical systems." Physical Review Research 2, no. 1 (2020): 013030.

Teaching and Supervisions

Teaching: 

Supervisions

  • Part III Relativistic Astrophysics and Cosmology, 2017--
  • Part II General Relativity 2017--2019
  • Part IA Mathematics 2018--