Scientist in the Theoretical Astrophysics Group at the Fermi National Accelerator & Associate Profession in the Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics at the University of Chicago
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Dan’s research focuses on the interface between particle physics and cosmology. Particle physics explores the fundamental nature of energy and matter, while cosmology is the science of the universe itself, including its composition, history and evolution. Some of the areas of this field that he has worked on include dark matter, supersymmetry, high-energy neutrinos, extra dimensions, and ultra-high energy cosmic rays.
Dan authored Nature’s Blueprint: Supersymmetry and the Search for a Unified Theory of Matter and Force, Dark Cosmos: In Search of Our Universe’s Missing Mass and Energy, and coauthored Distinguishing Between Dark Matter and Pulsar Origins of the ATIC Electron Spectrum With Atmospheric Cherenkov Telescopes, Pulsars as the Sources of High Energy Cosmic Ray Positrons, High Energy Positrons From Annihilating Dark Matter, Deducing the nature of dark matter from direct and indirect detection experiments in the absence of collider signatures of new physics, and The New DAMA Dark-Matter Window and Energetic-Neutrino Searches.
Dan was the David Schramm Fellow at Fermilab and Postdoc at the University of Oxford. He completed his Ph.D in physics at the University of Wisconsin in 2003.
The Higgs Boson: What We Still Don’t Know
In 2012, the media informed us that something called the ‘Higgs Boson’ was discovered. However, many of us still do not understand what this is or what role it plays in our understanding of the universe. So what is this discovery and what does it actually mean for us?