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
 
Research
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

 
Students
GRADUATE STUDENTS
Past Students

GRADUATE: Asher Berlin (2016), Christopher M. Kelso (2012)
 
Currently in Committees
  • Wednesday Colloquium committee

 
KICP Publications
2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010


Latest Journal Publications
  1. "Axion-Assisted Production of Sterile Neutrino Dark Matter", arXiv:1610.03849 (Oct 2016)
  2. "Gamma Rays From Dark Matter Subhalos Revisited: Refining the Predictions and Constraints", arXiv:1610.07587 (Oct 2016)
  3. "Thermal Dark Matter From A Highly Decoupled Sector", arXiv:1609.02555 (Sep 2016)
  4. "Toward (Finally!) Ruling Out Z and Higgs Mediated Dark Matter Models", arXiv:1609.09079 (Sep 2016)
  5. "The Density of Dark Matter in the Galactic Bulge and Implications for Indirect Detection", arXiv:1608.00003 (Jul 2016)
  6. "A History of Dark Matter", arXiv:1605.04909 (May 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. "The Effects of Dark Matter Annihilation on Cosmic Reionization", arXiv:1512.00526 (Dec 2015)
  9. "Dark matter elastic scattering through Higgs loops", Physical Review D, Volume 92, Issue 12, id.123531 (Dec 2015)
  10. "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)
  11. "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)
  12. "3.55 keV line from exciting dark matter without a hidden sector", Physical Review D, Volume 91, Issue 7, id.075018 (Apr 2015)
  13. "A critical reevaluation of radio constraints on annihilating dark matter", Physical Review D, Volume 91, Issue 8, id.083507 (Apr 2015)
  14. "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)
  15. "What does the PAMELA antiproton spectrum tell us about dark matter?", Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics, Issue 03, article id. 021, (2015) (Mar 2015)
  16. "Prospects for detecting gamma rays from annihilating dark matter in dwarf galaxies in the era of the Dark Energy Survey and Large Synoptic Survey Telescope", Physical Review D, Volume 91, Issue 6, id.063515 (Mar 2015)
  17. "Z' mediated dark matter models for the Galactic Center gamma-ray excess", Physical Review D, Volume 91, Issue 3, id.035025 (Feb 2015)
  18. "Flavored dark matter and the Galactic Center gamma-ray excess", Physical Review D, Volume 90, Issue 6, id.063512 (Sep 2014)
  19. "Hidden sector dark matter models for the Galactic Center gamma-ray excess", Physical Review D, Volume 90, Issue 1, id.015032 (Jul 2014)
  20. "Simplified dark matter models for the Galactic Center gamma-ray excess", Physical Review D, Volume 89, Issue 11, id.115022 (Jun 2014)

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)

 
Visitors
Past Visitors:
  1. Surjeet Rajendran, UC Berkeley (2016)
  2. Timothy Linden, UC - Santa Cruz (2013)