Physics at Virginia

Jan Heisig

PhD, 2013, University of Hamburg
Post Doctoral Fellow

Theoretical High Energy Physics

Research Interests

Fascinated by the rich structure of quantum field theory and general relativity, I am conducting research at the interface of particle physics, astrophysics and cosmology. My primary goal is to unravel the physics governing the early Universe, in particular, the nature of dark matter. To reach this goal, I study variants of dark matter genesis in the early Universe aiming for a deeper understanding of the involved mechanisms and processes. This allows me to explore realizations of these scenarios in well-motivated particle physics models, i.e. contenders for the “next Standard Model”. Furthermore, I am interested in exploring the complementaritiy of searches for new phyiscs, e.g. at colliders, via (in)direct detection and cosmological observables, to constrain models of dark matter and gain knowledge about the most pressing questions of fundamental physics today.

Selected Publications

A full list of publications can be found at INSPIRE

Mathias Garny, Jan Heisig: Bound state effects on dark matter coannihilation: pushing the boundaries of conversion-driven freeze-out, Phys. Rev. D105 (2022) 055004, arXiv:2112.01499 [hep-ph]

Alessandro Cuoco, Jan Heisig, Lukas Klamt, Michael Korsmeier, Michael Krämer: Scrutinizing the evidence for dark matter in cosmic-ray antiprotons, Phys.Rev. D99 (2019) 103014, arXiv:1903.01472 [astro-ph.HE]

Federico Ambrogi, Chiara Arina, Mihailo Backovic, Jan Heisig, Fabio Maltoni, Luca Mantani, Olivier Mattelaer, Gopolang Mohlabeng: MadDM v.3.0: a Comprehensive Tool for Dark Matter Studies, Phys. Dark Univ. 24 (2019) 100249, arXiv:1804.00044 [hep-ph].

Mathias Garny, Jan Heisig, Benedikt Lülf, Stefan Vogl, Coannihilation without chemical equilibrium, Phys.Rev. D96 (2017) 103521, arXiv:1705.09292 [hep-ph].