Brazilian International Fulbright Science & Technology Fellow Guilherme Pimentel is from São José dos Campos, a town famous for hosting EMBRAER, the Brazilian aircraft company, and Instituto Tecnológico de Aeronáutica (ITA). When he was growing up, Guilherme competed in a number of science and math Olympiads, including the 2001 International Physics Olympiad in Turkey. He went on to focus on Electronics at ITA and continued pursuing his multidisciplinary interests in the sciences. His research during his Master’s program in Physics at ITA utilized the Brazilian gravitational wave detector, Schenberg, modeling some of its features and designing new equipment for it. Through his research, Guilherme became very interested in fundamental theories that explain much of the phenomena in the universe, namely quantum field theory and general relativity. Since string theory is a candidate to unify these two pillars of theoretical physics, he decided to pursue a career in the field.
At Princeton’s Institute for Advanced Study, Guilherme works under Professor Juan Maldacena, who developed one of the most important examples of quantum field theory/quantum gravity dualities. After taking courses in condensed matter physics, general relativity, and quantum field theory, and working on an experimental project in zinc oxyde nanotubes, Guilherme began researching one of the boundaries of quantum field theory and general relativity, namely, nongaussian corrections to correlation functions during the inflationary period.