Kathryn Zurek - Lawrence Berkeley National Lab

Mon, 03/04/2019 - 12:30pm
Pupin Hall Theory Center, 8th Floor


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About the speaker

Kathryn has a wide range of interests, mostly focused at the boundary of particle physics with astrophysics and cosmology. Her work spans both studies of new physics signatures at colliders, as well as astrophysical searches for dark matter (DM) and physics beyond the Standard Model in the neutrino sector. Kathryn originated Hidden Valley models as a portal to hidden world signatures, including displaced decays, at colliders. More recently, she has been most active in the study of DM, working on theories of DM and ways that we can detect it in the lab by DM-nucleus interactions, at colliders through high energy collisions, and in the galaxy by DM self-annihilations. Kathryn introduced simple, viable models of Asymmetric Dark Matter as an alternative to the standard paradigm of Weakly Interacting Massive Particles, and developed the cosmology of these models. Recently, she has been studying the evolution of scalar fields (such as the Higgs boson) with a potential instability during inflation.

More details on Kathryn's research can be found here.