The main question driving my work is: What is dark matter?
As a theoretical dark matter (astro)physicist, my methods for answering this question involve making predictions for experiments and observations for particular models of dark matter and galaxy evolution physics. I like to use both analytic and computational methods (often involving the supercomputers at the Ohio Supercomputer Center) to make my predictions. Because of my eagerness (impatience?) to test these predictions, my research operation has an increasing observational footprint. As such, I am now an external collaborator of the Dark Energy Survey, and a member of the DESC of the LSST survey at the Rubin Observatory. Members of my research group are active in both theory and observations, and at the interfaces of dark-matter physics, galaxy evolution, and cosmic-ray astrophysics.
We are funded by NSF and NASA.
Interested in postdoc positions in CCAPP? Drop me a line (peter. 33 at osu.edu) about how to aim external fellowships here, apply for a CCAPP postdoctoral fellowship (in the fields of cosmology, astroparticle physics, galaxy evolution, high-energy astrophysics), or come work with John Beacom’s and my groups on high-energy cosmic-ray interactions with the Sun.