Paul D. O. Bergeron     —     Research

My Interests

My research interests lie in theoretical particle physics, specifically new physics beyond the standard model. The dark matter problem, I find, is one tantalizing avenue for discovering particles that are not posited by the standard model. Here, as with other outstanding problems in particle physics, supersymmetry offers elegent answers to the question of dark matter and thus is where my the focus of my research currently lies.

In light of the standard-model higgs discovery and null results from the LHC's first run, extensions to the simplest versions of supersymmetry are becoming increasingly important. To this end, I am currently working on phenomenological studies of how the various extensions will be observed (if they exist) at the newest generation of experiments.

Previously, my work has focused primarily on the detection capabilities of dark matter by the IceCube Neutrino Telescope. Neutrino telescopes have recently reached their so-called ''next generation'' in which they literally dwarf their predecessors — IceCube is a cubic kilometer of Antarctic ice. This increased size (necessary for detecting the extremely aloof neutrino) makes these newer telescopes' detection capabilities significant to indirect searches for dark matter. In fact, depending on the details of dark matter physics, neutrino telescopes now have sensitivities that make them competitive against other indirect detection experiments, direct detection experiments, and even collider expiriments in the race to detect dark matter.

Publications

For an up to date list of my publications, you may click through to either INSPIRE-HEP or arXiv. For my most recent papers (via arXiv), you may also simply see below:

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