Professor Kathryn Zurek works at the interface of particle physics with cosmology and astrophysics. Her work spans both studies of new physics signatures at colliders, as well as astrophysical searches for dark matter (DM) and physics beyond the Standard Model in the neutrino sector.
Recently, she has been most active in the study of DM. The presence of DM (five times as prevalent as ordinary matter in the universe) provides strong evidence that there are new particles beyond those in the Standard Model (which describes all currently known particles and interactions). Professor Zurek works on theories of DM and ways that we can detect it in the lab by DM-nucleus interactions, at colliders through high energy collisions, and in the galaxy by DM self-annihilations.
Light WIMPs: the Largest Detection Scattering Cross Sections in the MSSM. (Eric Kuflik, Aaron Pierce, Kathryn M. Zurek), MCTP-10-07. (Mar 2010). 5 pp. e-Print: arXiv:1003.0682 [hep-ph]
Pulsars as the Source of the WMAP Haze. [Manoj Kaplinghat (UC, Irvine), Daniel J. Phalen (Michigan U.), Kathryn M. Zurek (Fermilab & Michigan U.)]. FERMILAB-PUB-09-313-T. (May 2009). 14 pp. Published in JCAP 0912, (2009). 010 e-Print: arXiv:0905.0487 [astro-ph.HE]
Abelian Hidden Sectors at a GeV. [David E. Morrissey, David Poland (Harvard U.), Kathryn M. Zurek (Fermilab & Michigan U.)]. FERMILAB-PUB-09-315-T. (Apr 2009). 43 pp. Published in JHEP 0907, (2009). 050 e-Print: arXiv:0904.2567 [hep-ph]
Asymmetric Dark Matter. [David E. Kaplan (Johns Hopkins U.), Markus A. Luty (UC, Davis), Kathryn M. Zurek (Fermilab & Wisconsin U., Madison)]. FERMILAB-PUB-09-345-A-T. Jan 2009. 22 pp. Published in Phys. Rev. D 79 (2009) 115016 e-Print: arXiv:0901.4117 [hep-ph]
Discovering the Higgs through Highly-displaced Vertices. [Matthew J. Strassler, Kathryn M. Zurek (Washington U., Seattle)]. May 2006. 5 pp. Published in Phys. Lett. B 661 (2008). 263-267 e-Print: hep-ph/0605193