School of Physics and Astronomy

Dr Tessa Baker

Tessa

Royal Society University Research Fellow

Email: t.baker@qmul.ac.uk
Telephone: 0207 882 5867
Room Number: G. O. Jones Building, Room 515
Website: https://tessambaker1.wixsite.com/website-1

Profile

I'm a cosmologist who works on understanding the role of gravity in our universe. In particular, I develop tools to test ideas about modified gravity and dark energy models with voids, large-scale structure and gravitational waves.

I completed my PhD at the University of Oxford, on devising mathematical frameworks for testing alternatives to General Relativity. I remained in Oxford for a five-year postdoctoral research fellowship at All Souls College, one year of which I spent as Fulbright Visiting Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania. In January 2019 I moved to QMUL to join the Cosmology & Relativity group as a Royal Society University Research Fellow and proleptic lecturer.

Experiments: I'm a member of the consortia behing the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST), the ESA Euclid satellite, and the Laser Interferometer Space Antenna (LISA).

You can check out my personal website via the link above.

Undergraduate Teaching

In the past I've lectured in fourth-year courses on weak lensing and introductory cosmology.

Research

Research Interests:

My primary research interests at present are:

  • Multimessenger gravitational wave events.
  • Systems for describing cosmologically-motivated alternatives to GR ('parameterisations').
  • Testing gravity with galaxy surveys (large-scale structure and weak lensing).
  • Cosmological voids as unique laboratories in the universe. 

Funding

I'm currently supported by two awards from the Royal Society, one of the UK's most long-standing independent scientific bodies:

Royal Society University Research Fellowship, 2019 - 2023.

Royal Society Research Fellow's Enhancement Award, 2019 - 2021.

Publications

Some selected publications:

  • A. Pisani, E. Massara, D. Spergel, D. Alonso, T. Baker et al., Cosmic voids: a novel probe to shed light on our Universe’ (2019), https://arxiv.org/abs/1903.05161.

  • T. Baker, J. Clampitt, B. Jain, & M. Trodden, Void Lensing as a Test of Gravity, Phys. Rev. D 98, 023511 (2018), https://arxiv.org/abs/1803.07533.

  • M. Lagos, E. Bellini, J. Noller, P.G. Ferreira, T. Baker, A general theory of linear cosmological perturbations: sta- bility conditions, the quasistatic limit and dynamics’, JCAP 03 (2018) 021, https://arxiv.org/abs/1711.09893.

  • T. Baker, E. Bellini, P. Ferreira, M. Lagos, J. Noller & I. Sawicki, Strong constraints on cosmological gravity from GW170817 and GRB 170817A’, Phys. Rev. Lett. 119, 251301 (2017). Selected as a PRL Editor’s Highlight contribution. https://arxiv.org/abs/1710.06394

  • T. Baker, M. Trodden, Multi-Messenger Time Delays from Lensed Gravitational Waves, Phys. Rev. D., Vol. 95 063512 (2017), https://arxiv.org/abs/1612.02004.

  • M. Lagos, T. Baker, P.G. Ferreira, J. Noller, A General Theory of Linear Cosmological Perturbations: scalar- tensor and vector-tensor theories, Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics, Issue 08, article id. 007 (2016),https://arxiv.org/abs/1604.01396.

  • T. Baker, P. Bull, Observational signatures of modified gravity on ultra-large scales, The Astrophysical Journal, Vol. 811 No. 2 (2015), http://arxiv.org/abs/1506.00641

  • T. Baker, D. Psaltis, C. Skordis, Linking Tests of Gravity On All Scales: from the Strong-Field Regime to Cosmology, The Astrophysical Journal, 802 63 (2015), http://arxiv.org/abs/1412.3455

  • T. Baker, P.G. Ferreira, C. Skordis, The Parameterized Post-Friedmann Framework for Theories of Modified Gravity: Concepts, Formalism and Examples’, Phys. Rev. D, Vol.87, 024015 (2013), http://arxiv.org/abs/1209.2117

  • T. Baker, P.G. Ferreira, C. Skordis, J. Zuntz, ‘Towards a Fully Consistent Parameterization of Modified Gravity’, Phys. Rev. D, Vol. 84, Issue 12 (2011), http://arxiv.org/abs/1107.0491

Public Engagement

I tweet regular from the Twitter handle @Tessa M Baker.

Some podcasts I've taken part in:

 ‘Frontiers of Knowledge’ podcast by Yurtesh Sohal, February 2017, available here.

‘Awesome Women Doing Awesome Things’ by Erin Stewart, January 2016, available here.

 

Performance

Winner of the ‘Women of the Future Award’, science category, 2015.

Fulbright All-Disciplines Scholar Award, 2015-2016.

SET for Britain Cavendish medal for Physics, 2014.