Periodic Reporting for period 1 - DEFT (Dark energy, non-linearites and effective theories)
Reporting period: 2015-10-01 to 2017-09-30
I have also proposed a very minimal extension of the Standard Model of particle physics which aims to connect several long-standing problems of particle physics and cosmology. In particular, I have explored how the homogeneity and isotropy of the Universe, the unbalance between the amount of matter and antimatter, the symmetry properties of the binding force of nuclei, the small mass of the neutrinos and the origin of the dark matter, may all be related in a simple and testable model.
My work has also been devoted to study two other possibilities for dark matter. One, that it may be a composite particle (i.e. made of yet more fundamental particles) connected to the origin of the mass of the Higgs boson. And the other, completely different, that the dark matter might be atomic-sized black holes produced at the very early stages of the life of our Universe.
Part of my research results during this period have also been featured on the media (newspapers, radio, etc) and my outreach activities have also helped to disseminate them across a broad range of audiences.