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Ken Van Tilburg
Assistant Professor of Physics
Ph.D. Physics, Stanford University, 2011--2016.
B.Sc. Physics & Mathematics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2007--2011.
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The primary aim of my research is to develop novel experimental and observational methods and theoretical approaches in the search for physics beyond the Standard Model of particle physics. I have pioneered several techniques to search for weakly-coupled phenomena---including dark matter---in the laboratory, at the precision frontier of atomic, molecular, optical, and electro-mechanical physics. I have charted out new observables and processes to search for dark matter and other weakly coupled particles in the extreme conditions of astrophysical systems and early-Universe cosmology. My research interests cover a broad range of subjects in particle physics phenomenology and theory, interfacing between precision experimental physics, astrophysics, and cosmology.
Selected Publications:

K. Van Tilburg, "Stellar Basins of Gravitationally Bound Particles", arXiv:2006.12431 [hep-ph].

C. Mondino, A. M. Taki, K. Van Tilburg, N. Weiner, "First Results on Dark Matter Substructure from Astrometric Weak Lensing", arXiv:2002.01938 [astro-ph.CO].

A. Arvanitaki, S. Dimopoulos, M. Galanis, L. Lehner, J. O. Thompson, K. Van Tilburg, "The Large-Misalignment Mechanism for the Formation of Compact Axion Structures: Signatures from the QCD Axion to Fuzzy Dark Matter", Phys. Rev. D 101, 083014 2020, arXiv:1909.11665 [astro-ph.CO].

K. Van Tilburg, A. M. Taki, N. Weiner, "Halometry from Astrometry", JCAP 1807, 041 2018, arXiv:1804.01991 [astro-ph.CO].

A. Arvanitaki, S. Dimopoulos, K. Van Tilburg, "Resonant Absorption of Bosonic Dark Matter in Molecules", Phys. Rev. X 8, 041001 2018, arXiv:1709.05354 [hep-ph].

A. Arvanitaki, S. Dimopoulos, V. Gorbenko, J. Huang, K. Van Tilburg, "A Small Weak Scale from a Small Cosmological Constant", JHEP 1705, 071 2017, arXiv:1609.06320 [hep-ph].

A. Arvanitaki, S. Dimopoulos and K. Van Tilburg, "Sound of Dark Matter: Searching for Light Scalars with Resonant-Mass Detectors", Phys. Rev. Lett. 116, 031102 2016, arXiv:1508.01798 [hep-ph].

K. Van Tilburg, N. Leefer, L. Bougas, D. Budker, "Search for Ultralight Scalar Dark Matter with Atomic Spectroscopy", Phys. Rev. Lett. 115 011802 2015, arXiv:1503.06886 [physics.atom-ph].

M. Baryakhtar, N. Craig, K. Van Tilburg, "Supersymmetry in the Shadow of Photini", JHEP 1207, 164 2012, arXiv:1206.0751 [hep-ph].

J. Thaler, K. Van Tilburg, "Identifying Boosted Objects with N-subjettiness", JHEP 1103, 015 2011, arXiv:1011.2268 [hep-ph].