Physics at Virginia

Julian Heeck

Ph.D., 2014, Heidelberg University
Assistant Professor

Theoretical High Energy Physics

Research Interests

The Standard Model (SM) of particle physics is a remarkably successful description of nature at the most fundamental level and has been completed in 2012 with the discovery of the Brout-Englert-Higgs boson at the Large Hadron Collider. There are, however, several empirical issues that prove the incompleteness of the SM, including

  • neutrino oscillations, i.e. the fact that neutrinos are massive and subject to large mixing, and
  • dark matter, i.e. the existence of new long-lived weakly-interacting neutral particles.

It is by no means difficult to extend the SM by new particles in order to accommodate neutrino masses and dark matter, but there is no unique or arguably even simplest solution. Ultimately, experiments will have to decide which model is going to succeed the SM. Prof. Heeck's research consists of dedicated phenomenological studies of theoretically well-motivated models in order to identify promising search channels and distinctive signatures to facilitate this goal.


Selected Publications

A full list can be found at INSPIRE, arXiv, NASA ADS or Scopus.

T. Hambye and J. Heeck: Proton decay into charged leptons,
Phys. Rev. Lett. 120, 171801 (2018), arXiv:1712.04871.

A. Crivellin, J. Heeck, and P. Stoffer: A perturbed lepton-specific two-Higgs-doublet model facing experimental hints for physics beyond the Standard Model,
Phys. Rev. Lett. 116, 081801 (2016), arXiv:1507.07567.

J. Heeck and S. Patra: Minimal Left-Right Symmetric Dark Matter,
Phys. Rev. Lett. 115, 121804 (2015), arXiv:1507.01584.

A. Crivellin, G. D'Ambrosio, and J. Heeck: Explaining h → μτ, B → K*μμ and B → Kμμ / B → Kee in a two-Higgs-doublet model with gauged Lμ - Lτ,
Phys. Rev. Lett. 114, 151801 (2015), arXiv:1501.00993.

J. Heeck: How stable is the photon?,
Phys. Rev. Lett. 111, 021801 (2013), arXiv:1304.2821.

News Items

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Otto Hahn Medal [2014]