“Have you ever watched that sci-fi movie, Interstellar? It exemplifies traveling through the galaxy using a wormhole, a super shortcut tunnel. Kip Thorne, an American theoretical and a Nobel Prize-winning physicist is in the movie’s production team.”
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Phongpichit Channuie, Walailak University Lecturer, Dean of College of Graduate Studies and one of Thailand’s very few cosmologists specializing in physics beyond the standard model, cosmic Inflation and its verifiable consequences and modified theories of gravity simplified what his field expertise is about using the sentences above. In this article, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Phongpichit shared his perspectives on the unknown territory of cosmology and the field’s unique research frontiers.
Talking further about cosmology, “It is hard to give a comprehensive yet intelligible definition to the term cosmology,” said Assoc. Prof. Dr. Phongpichit. Cosmology is a sophisticated combination between mathematics and physics, and its meaning suggests a gathering of scientists interested in the origin and evolution of the universe. Given such a concept, physicists have been working on their own thought’s experiments from generation to generation with in the far past unavailability of tools but with conceptual understanding and imagination. However, studying into cosmology has branched out into two main groups, including those creating tools for hands-on measurements and experiments and the others formulating mathematical theories and models to explain nature and estimate possibilities.
With the latter group's capacity of working with solely using papers, pencils and concepts of mathematics and physics, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Phongpichit identifies with this particular aspect.
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Phongpichit Channuie, Dean of College of Graduate Studies Walailak University
“All you need is only a piece of paper and pencils. After that, you can spend the whole day working on the mathematics, rain, or shine. You start with mathematics which later translates into an interpretation of physics,” explained Assoc. Prof. Dr. Phongpichit.
Regarding the wormhole theory, it is possible for the existence of such so-called tunnel unleashing possibility of ultra-shortened distance traveling from one edge of the same galaxy to the other or, even one galaxy to another. However, even though a wormhole is believed to exist somewhere. Nevertheless, validating feasibility of this theory, at present cosmologists can only formulate mathematical simulation and so does Assoc. Prof. Dr. Phongpichit.
“My study made a prediction using mathematical formulations to show that we can theoretically create wormholes of different types. To put it simply, it was centered upon one of those types, followed by writing up the equations and solving them. After a long process, my team and I discovered that it is reasonable to create a wormhole mathematically, despite a decade of far future but there is a possibility,” said Assoc. Prof. Dr. Phongpichit.
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Phongpichit Channuie specializes in Physics beyond the Standard Model, Cosmic Inflation and its verifiable consequences, and modified theories of gravity. He has co-authored of a number of publications to the field of cosmology including Traversable Wormholes Supported by GUP Corrected Casimir Energy published in the European Physical Journal C (Scopus Q1, 92th Percentile), indexed by Nature; Quark Stars in 4D Einstein–Gauss–Bonnet Gravity with an Interacting Quark Equation of State in the Astrophysical Journal, and the recent one Warm Higgs–Starobinsky inflation published in the European Physical Journal C (Scopus Q1, 92th Percentile), indexed in Nature. All are high-ranking and prestigious journals.
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