Nathaniel

Craig

 

Assistant Professor, Department of Physics

University of California, Santa Barbara

 

Broida 6113

Ph. 805-893-6112

 

I'm a theoretical physicist working primarily on particle phenomenology and physics beyond the Standard Model. My interests also include cosmology, astroparticle physics, and more formal topics in quantum field theory. 

 

The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) -- one of the greatest scientific undertakings of all time -- is in the process of probing our ideas about physics beyond the Standard Model. I've spent the last few years trying to get as close to the front lines of the search for new physics at the LHC as I can.

 

 

 

 

Research

 


We face a period of unprecedented possibility in particle physics as we digest results from the first run of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) and await the onset of the promising second run at 13 TeV. The discovery of a Standard Model-like Higgs boson at the LHC has only sharpened the urgency of the hierarchy problem -- namely, why the mass of an apparently elementary scalar (which is quadratically sensitive to the highest mass scales in the theory) lies sixteen orders of magnitude beneath the scale of gravitational physics. At the same time, the onward march of null results in searches for new physics challenges many of the extant proposed solutions to the hierarchy problem. The combination of Higgs discovery and null results in conventional search channels opens the door to new approaches to the hierarchy problem and physics beyond the Standard Model (BSM).


Broadly speaking, my research interests are oriented towards understanding what physics lies beneath and beyond the Standard Model. More sharply, the principal aim of my current and future research program is to engage the hierarchy problem and explore implications of the Higgs discovery on as many levels as possible -- by working hand-in-hand with experimentalists on the front lines at the LHC; by maximally leveraging information about the Higgs boson to search in new ways for signs of BSM physics; by pursuing novel approaches to the hierarchy problem consistent with LHC data; by developing ancillary probes of physics at higher scales to complement efforts at the LHC; and by looking to future colliders and other experiments to carry on the search for physics beyond the Standard Model. Such a program encompasses not only the tools of particle phenomenology and collider physics, but also broader tools of quantum field theory and cosmology. 

 


 

 

Academic Positions

 

University of California, Santa Barbara, CA

Assistant Professor 07/2014 - Present

 

NHETC, Rutgers University, Piscataway, NJ

Five-year Research Associate 09/2010 – 07/2014

 

Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, NJ

Member (joint with Rutgers University) 09/2010–08/2013

 

Education

 

Ph.D., Physics, Stanford University

Palo Alto, CA

Fall 2005–Spring 2010 

Thesis: Infrared Phenomenology of Ultraviolet Physics Beyond the Standard Model

Advisor: Savas Dimopoulos

 

A.B., Physics, Harvard University

Cambridge, MA

Fall 2001–Spring 2005