Daniel Hooper

Theoretical Astrophysics Group, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory; Associate Professor, KICP

Ph.D, Physics, University of Wisconsin, 2003
Contact Information
Phone: (773) 702-4197
Location: ERC 483
Email: dhooperfnal.gov
WWW: Web Site
My 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 I have worked on include dark matter, supersymmetry, high-energy neutrinos, extra dimensions and ultra-high energy cosmic rays.

As the new field of astro-particle physics rapidly develops, we are witnessing an exciting time in the history of science. In addition to the progress being made in the traditional areas of experimental particle physics (accelerator experiments), exciting developments are also taking place in the use of astrophysical experiments to study elementary particles. The most striking example of this success is the measurement of the neutrino masses and mixing angles that have been made over the last decade. Many of the questions asked by particle physicists are difficult to address with collider experiments and are being explored ever increasingly by astrophysicists. These efforts include the development of particle dark matter searches, ultra-high energy cosmic rays detectors, gamma-ray telescopes and high-energy neutrino telescopes. My research is focused primarily, although not entirely, on studying and exploring particle physics beyond the Standard Model using astrophysics.
Talks, Lectures, & Workshops

Past Students

GRADUATE: Christopher M. Kelso (2012)
KICP Publications
2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010

Latest Journal Publications
  1. "The characterization of the gamma-ray signal from the central Milky Way: A case for annihilating dark matter", Physics of the Dark Universe, Volume 12, p. 1-23 (Jun 2016)
  2. "A History of Dark Matter", arXiv:1605.04909 (May 2016)
  3. "A Case for Radio Galaxies as the Sources of IceCube's Astrophysical Neutrino Flux", arXiv:1605.06504 (May 2016)
  4. "Radio Galaxies Dominate the High-Energy Diffuse Gamma-Ray Background", arXiv:1604.08505 (Apr 2016)
  5. "Mixed Dark Matter in Left-Right Symmetric Models", arXiv:1604.06100 (Apr 2016)
  6. "The gamma-ray luminosity function of millisecond pulsars and implications for the GeV excess", Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics, Issue 03, article id. 049 (2016) (Mar 2016)
  7. "A predictive analytic model for the solar modulation of cosmic rays", Physical Review D, Volume 93, Issue 4, id.043016 (Feb 2016)
  8. "PeV-Scale Dark Matter as a Thermal Relic of a Decoupled Sector", arXiv:1602.08490 (Feb 2016)
  9. "Is The Gamma-Ray Source 3FGL J2212.5+0703 A Dark Matter Subhalo?", arXiv:1602.07303 (Feb 2016)
  10. "Inflatable Dark Matter", Physical Review Letters, Volume 116, Issue 3, id.031303 (Jan 2016)
  11. "The Effects of Dark Matter Annihilation on Cosmic Reionization", arXiv:1512.00526 (Dec 2015)
  12. "The Galactic Center GeV excess from a series of leptonic cosmic-ray outbursts", Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics, Issue 12, article id. 005, (2015) (Dec 2015)
  13. "Examining The Fermi-LAT Third Source Catalog in search of dark matter subhalos", Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics, Issue 12, article id. 035 (2015) (Dec 2015)
  14. "Dark matter elastic scattering through Higgs loops", Physical Review D, Volume 92, Issue 12, id.123531 (Dec 2015)
  15. "On The gamma-ray emission from Reticulum II and other dwarf galaxies", Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics, Issue 09, article id. 016, (2015) (Sep 2015)
  16. "Indications of negative evolution for the sources of the highest energy cosmic rays", Physical Review D, Volume 92, Issue 6, id.063011 (Sep 2015)
  17. "Challenges in explaining the Galactic Center gamma-ray excess with millisecond pulsars", Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics, Issue 06, article id. 043, (2015) (Jun 2015)
  18. "3.55 keV line from exciting dark matter without a hidden sector", Physical Review D, Volume 91, Issue 7, id.075018 (Apr 2015)
  19. "A critical reevaluation of radio constraints on annihilating dark matter", Physical Review D, Volume 91, Issue 8, id.083507 (Apr 2015)
  20. "Improving the sensitivity of gamma-ray telescopes to dark matter annihilation in dwarf spheroidal galaxies", Physical Review D, Volume 91, Issue 6, id.061302 (Mar 2015)

Latest Conference Proceedings
  1. "Dark Matter Annihilation and the Origin of Synchrotron Radio Emission from the Galactic Center Filaments", American Astronomical Society, AAS Meeting #219, #112.03 (Jan 2012)
  2. "The Hunt For Dark Matter", American Physical Society, APS April Meeting 2011, April 30-May 3, 2011, abstract #A1.003 (Apr 2011)

Past Visitors:
  1. Timothy Linden, UC - Santa Cruz (2013)