Carlos Barceló is a staff member at the Andalusian Institute of Astrophysics (CSIC), Granada, Spain. Previously, he was a postdoctoral researcher at Washington University in St. Louis, and at the Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation of Portsmouth University in the UK. His research interests include the analysis of semiclassical corrections to classical configurations in general relativity. He is currently very much involved in the analogue gravity program: Obtaining insights on quantum gravity by analyzing analogue properties in condensed-matter systems.
The universe we see today is the result of mass-energy fluctuations during the rapid inflationary expansion that followed the big bang. A new approach to analyzing those fluctuations brings theory into better alignment with observational data.