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Mustapha Ishak-Boushaki
Associate Professor-Physics Department
Office MailstopMail Box: FO23, ECSN 2.918, Room No.: FO2.322 
Email Address  mishak@utdallas.edu    Primary Phone Number 972.883.2815    Media Contact
 Professional Preparation
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 DegreeMajorInstitutionYear
 Ph.D.CosmologyQueen's University at Kingston2002
 B.A.ScComputer ScienceUniversity at Quebec of Montreal1998
 B.S.PhysicsUniversity of Montreal1994
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Research Interests
  • Gravitational Lensing and applications to cosmology
  • The Acceleration of the expansion of the Universe: Cosmological Constant, Dark Energy, ...
  • Constraining cosmological parameters and cosmological models using probes such as gravitational lensing, the cosmic microwave background (CMB), and supernova searches.
  • General Relativity and Cosmological Exact Solutions to Einstein's Equations
  • Higher dimensional cosmological models
  • Projects at the intersection of modern cosmology and General Relativity
  • Junction conditions for matching space-times and constructing wormholes and spacetime thin-shells
  • Computer Algebra (symbolic computing) and application to cosmology and general relativity 
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2012
"Spatial curvature and cosmological tests of general relativity. ", Jason Dossett, Mustapha Ishak. Published in Physical Review D 86 (2012) 103008. Paper available at http://arxiv.org/abs/1205.2422.
Peer reviewed
2012
"Self-Calibration for 3-point Intrinsic Alignment Auto-Correlations in Weak Lensing Surveys. ", 2. M. A. Troxel, Mustapha Ishak, Published in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomy Society 423 (2012) 1663. Paper available at http://arxiv.org/abs/1203.2138.
Peer reviewed
2012
"Self-calibrating the gravitational shear-intrinsic ellipticity-intrinsic ellipticity (GII) cross-correlation. ", 2. M. A. Troxel, Mustapha Ishak, Published in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomy Society 427 (2012) 442. Paper available at http://arxiv.org/abs/1205.1547.
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2012
"Self-Calibration Technique for 3-point Intrinsic Alignment Correlations in Weak Lensing Surveys. ", M. A. Troxel, Mustapha Ishak, Published in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomy Society 419 (2012) 1804. Paper available at http://arxiv.org/abs/1109.4896.
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2012
"Large-scale growth evolution in the Szekeres inhomogeneous cosmological models with comparison to growth data. ", Austin Peel, Mustapha Ishak, M. A. Troxel. Published in Physical Review D 86 (2012) 123508. Paper available at http://arxiv.org/abs/1212.2298.
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Astrophysics, Cosmology, and Relativity Group
Professor Mustapha Ishak-Boushaki, Professor Wolfgang Rindler Professor Istvan Ozsvath, Dr. Paul MacAlevey, Professor Ivor Robinson
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DurationRankDepartment / SchoolCollege / OfficeUniversity / Company
2011-presentAssociate Professor  The University of Texas at Dallas
2005-2011Assistant Professor  The University of Texas at Dallas
2003-2004Lecturer  Princeton University
2003-2005Research Associate  Princeton University
1998-2002Teaching Assistant  Queen's University
1998-2002Research Assistant  Queen's University
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Prof Explores Universe Through Gravity Lens Studies
News Center at UT Dallas

The National Science Foundation recently awarded Dr. Mustapha Ishak-Boushaki, associate professor of physics at UT Dallas, a $222,000 research grant for his investigations of the gravitational lensing technique used to study the nature of the universe.
 
His studies are aimed at improving the technique to more accurately measure the distribution and density of mass in the universe. His research also could contribute to a better understanding of dark matter, a type of matter thought to be about five times more prevalent than ordinary matter that can be seen through telescopes.Gravitational lensing also can be used to test cosmological models of the universe.
 
“The NSF grant will allow our team to investigate new theoretical and numerical techniques that should help refine the signals received on Earth from deep-sky objects affected by gravitational lensing,” Ishak-Boushaki said.

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Professional Recognitions and Honors
  • Journal Paper voted by the Editorial Board of Classical and Quantum Gravity Journal as one of the journals highlights of 2002. Article title: Interactive Geometric Database, Including Exact Solutions of Einstein's Field Equations, Mustapha Ishak and Kayll Lake, Classical and Quantum Gravity 19, 505 (2002).
  • 2002-2004 Postdoctoral Fellowship for Excellence in Research and Leadership from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)
  • Journal paper selected on June 2008 by Gerardus 't Hooft (Nobel Laureate in Physics 1999) on the Chief Editor List of the Foundation of Physics Journal. Article title: Remarks on the formulation of the cosmological constant/dark energy questions. Mustapha Ishak. Foundation of Physics Journal, 37:1470-1498,2007.
  • 2007 Award for Outstanding Teacher of the Year from the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. University of Texas at Dallas

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