Kathryn Zurek, LBNL

Kathryn Zurek

Email: KMZurek (at) lbl.gov

Tel:      510-486-6452

Fax:     510-486-6808

Office: 50-5048


Kathryn Zurek joined the LBNL theory group in 2014.   She completed her PhD in 2006 at the University of Washington (with David B. Kaplan), and then became a postdoc at  the University of Wisconsin, Madison.  She was awarded the David Schramm fellowship at Fermilab in 2008 before becoming an assistant and then associate professor at the University of Michigan.  In 2010 she was a recipient of an NSF CAREER award.

Research interests

I have a wide range of interests, mostly focused at the boundary of particle physics with astrophysics and cosmology. My 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. I originated Hidden Valley models as a portal to hidden world signatures, including displaced decays, at colliders. More recently, I have 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. I 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, I have been studying the evolution of scalar fields (such as the Higgs boson) with a potential instability during inflation.

For more information on my research, visit my personal webpage.

Selected publications

Superconducting Detectors for Super Light Dark Matter. Yonit Hochberg (LBNL, Berkeley & UC, Berkeley), Yue Zhao (Stanford U., ITP & Stanford U., Phys. Dept.), Kathryn M. Zurek (LBNL, Berkeley & UC, Berkeley). Apr 27, 2015. 5 pp. e-Print: arXiv:1504.07237 [hep-ph]

Probable or Improbable Universe? Correlating Electroweak Vacuum Instability with the Scale of Inflation. Anson Hook (Princeton, Inst. Advanced Study), John Kearney, Bibhushan Shakya, Kathryn M. Zurek (Michigan U., MCTP). Apr 23, 2014. 26 pp. Published in JHEP 1501 (2015) 061

Flavor and Collider Signatures of Asymmetric Dark Matter. Ian-Woo Kim (Michigan U., MCTP & CERN), Kathryn M. Zurek (Michigan U., MCTP). Oct 9, 2013. 34 pp. Published in Phys.Rev. D89 (2014) 3, 035008

Higgs and Dark Matter Hints of an Oasis in the Desert. Clifford Cheung, Michele Papucci (UC, Berkeley & LBL, Berkeley), Kathryn M. Zurek (Michigan U., MCTP). Mar 2012. 29 pp. Published in JHEP 1207 (2012) 105

Constraints on Scalar Asymmetric Dark Matter from Black Hole Formation in Neutron Stars. Samuel D. McDermott, Hai-Bo Yu, Kathryn M. Zurek (Michigan U., MCTP). Mar 2011. 19 pp. Published in Phys.Rev. D85 (2012) 023519

Darkogenesis: A baryon asymmetry from the dark matter sector. Jessie Shelton (Yale U.), Kathryn M. Zurek (Michigan U., MCTP & Michigan U.). Aug 2010. 20 pp. Published in Phys.Rev. D82 (2010) 123512

Abelian Hidden Sectors at a GeV. David E. Morrissey, David Poland (Harvard U.), Kathryn M. Zurek (Fermilab & Michigan U.). Apr 2009. 43 pp. Published in JHEP 0907 (2009) 050

Asymmetric Dark Matter. David E. Kaplan (Johns Hopkins U.), Markus A. Luty (UC, Davis), Kathryn M. Zurek (Fermilab & Wisconsin U., Madison). Jan 2009. 22 pp. Published in Phys.Rev. D79 (2009) 115016

A Natural Supersymmetric Model with MeV Dark Matter. Dan Hooper (Fermilab), Kathryn M. Zurek (Wisconsin U., Madison). Jan 2008. 4 pp.
Published in Phys.Rev. D77 (2008) 087302

Echoes of a hidden valley at hadron colliders. Matthew J. Strassler, Kathryn M. Zurek (Washington U., Seattle). Apr 2006. 5 pp.
Published in Phys.Lett. B651 (2007) 374-379