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Stefano Profumo

Associate Professor,
University of California, Santa Cruz

Deputy Director for Theory,
Santa Cruz Institute for Particle Physics


Office Address
Department of Physics, ISB 325
University of California
1156 High Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95064
Phone: 1-831-459-3039
Fax: 1-831-459-2580
E-mail: profumo AT ucsc DOT edu


Research Interests

  1. Astro-particle Physics
    1. Particle Dark Matter Searches and Model Building
    2. High Energy Astrophysics

  2. Theoretical High Energy Physics
    1. Particle Physics Beyond the Standard Model
    2. Models for the Generation of the Matter-Antimatter Asymmetry in the Universe
    3. Phenomenology of Supersymmetric and Extra-Dimensional Models

To see a list of publications click here

Curriculum Vitae (PDF -- last updated March 2012)


Employment

  • Associate Professor of Physics, University of California, Santa Cruz (July 2011-present)
  • Assistant Professor of Physics, University of California, Santa Cruz (July 2007-July 2011)
  • Postdoctoral Scholar in Theoretical Astrophysics, California Institute of Technology, Division of Physics, Mathematics and Astronomy (2005-2007)
  • Postdoctoral Research Assistant, Florida State University, High Energy Physics Group (2004-2005)


    Education

  • Ph.D. studies in Theoretical High Energy Physics, SISSA-ISAS, Trieste (2001-2004)
  • Undergraduate studies in Theoretical Physics, Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa and University of Pisa (1997-2001)


    Teaching

  • Physics 5A (Introduction to Physics I) - Fall 2013
  • Physics 105 (Mechanics) - Fall 2013
  • Physics 210 (Graduate Classical Mechanics) - Fall 2012
  • Physics 105 (Mechanics) - Fall 2012
  • Physics 116A (Mathematical Methods in Physics, Part I) - Winter 2012
  • Physics 210 (Graduate Classical Mechanics) - Fall 2011
  • Physics 116B (Mathematical Methods in Physics, Part II) - Spring 2011
  • Physics 217 (Quantum Field Theory I) - Fall 2010
  • Physics 116B (Mathematical Methods in Physics, Part II) - Spring 2010
  • Physics 226 (General Relativity) - Winter 2010
  • Physics 217 (Quantum Field Theory I) - Fall 2009
  • Physics 116A (Mathematical Methods in Physics, Part I) - Winter 2009
  • Physics 221A (Introduction to Particle Physics) - Fall 2008
  • Physics 116A (Mathematical Methods in Physics) - Winter 2008
  • Physics 221A (Introduction to Particle Physics) - Fall 2007


    Professional Service

  • Postodctoral Opening in the Theory Group (Ad on SPIRES; Apply here)
  • A Rough Guide to Graduate Student Awards and External Funding Opportunities


    Lecture Notes on Dark Matter

  • TASI 2012 Lecture Notes on Astrophysical Probes of Dark Matter (also available here)
  • SUSY 2013 Lecture Notes on Dark Matter: Lecture 1, Lecture 2, Lecture 3, Lecture 4
  • TAUP 2013 Lecture Notes on Dark Matter (handsomly hand-written slides): part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4


    Miscellanea

  • Phi Beta Kappa Initiation Address, Wednesday June 4, 2014
  • 2013 Physics Department Commencement Speech
  • 2013 Excellence in Teaching Award - Teaching Philosophy Statement

  • Double Bass links
  • Photos
  • On the local TV news (KION and KSBW), on the California budget cuts to UC


    Running, Cycling, Multi-Sports

  • 5 km - 15':02'' (Carmel, CA, June 19, 2011); 18':14" (with my son Alex in the jogging stroller, Santa Cruz, December 11, 2011)
  • 10 km - 34':18'' (Richmond, VA, March 31, 2012); 32':47" (2012 W2W)
  • Half Marathon (13.1 mi) - 1h:13':48" (inaugural Capitola Half Marathon, Santa Cruz May 20, 2012)
  • Marathon (26.2 mi) - 2h:41':43" (Napa, CA, March 4, 2012)
  • Ultramarathon (50 km - 31 mi) - 4h:26':52'' (Santa Cruz mountains, CA, April 18, 2010)
  • Multi-sport - 2013 Triathlon All American; 2013 Duathlon All American; 2014 Team USA Qualifier for Duathlon Long Course World Championship
  • Cycling - 2014 Cycling Races 1st places: Sea Otter Classic Circuit Race, Red Kite Omnium #10-Crossfire Hurricane Hill Climb Challenge ITT,Mount Diablo Hill Climb Time Trial (NCNCA Championship), Pescadero Coastal Classic Road Race (Elite 3 Category), Wards Ferry Road Race, UC Santa Cruz Slugapalooza, Cantua Creek Road Race (Category 4), San Bruno Mountain Hill Climb TT (Category 5).

    On Running -- Favorite Quotes

    On Cycling -- Favorite Quotes

    Article on the Santa Cruz Sentinel (August 14, 2014)

    More race results on Athlinks

  • Running - Santa Cruz Track Club

    Cycling - Team Bike Trip

    Swimming - Santa Cruz Masters (CRUZ)

    Triathlon - Santa Cruz Triathlon Association