Bhupal Dev

Assistant Professor of Physics
research interests:
  • Elementary Particle Physics
  • Particle Astrophysics
  • Cosmology
  • Theoretical Physics
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    • Washington University
    • CB 1105
    • One Brookings Drive
    • St. Louis, MO 63130-4899
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    Professor ​Dev's main research goal is to establish a clear and coherent picture of the new physics beyond the Standard Model (SM) of particle physics.

    While the standard model has been remarkably successful in providing a quantitative, quantum mechanical description of the strong, weak and electromagnetic interactions of the basic building blocks of nature, it cannot be the ultimate theory of our universe. In particular, it fails to explain the observed non-zero neutrino masses, matter-antimatter asymmetry and dark matter in the universe.

    Dev’s research focuses on both theoretical and phenomenological aspects of the underlying new physics scenarios that could address these outstanding puzzles of our universe and also shed light on other theoretical or aesthetic limitations of the SM. Assuming that the scale of new physics might be within an experimentally accessible range, Dev is interested in exploring testable consequences in current and future experiments at the Energy, Intensity and Cosmic frontiers.

    Professional History

    2016-present: Assistant Professor at Washington University
    2015-2016: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics, Heidelberg
    2015: University Foundation Fellow, Technical University of Munich
    2012-2015: Postdoctoral Fellow, Consortium for Fundamental Physics, University of Manchester

    recent courses

    Introduction to Particle Physics (Physics 474)

    Introduction to the standard model of particle physics, including symmetries, conservation laws, the weak interaction, the strong interaction, quark confinement, and some more exotic ideas such as grand unified theories.

      Physics I (Physics 197)

      Calculus-based introduction to the central concepts, laws, and structure of physics, presented in an active learning environment. The course is structured around three themes that are treated in depth: conservation laws, Newtonian physics, and special relativity. A daily regimen of homework and reading, as well as weekly homework assignments, small group problem-solving exercises, and active class participation are integral parts of this course. Concurrent registration in a Physics 197 lab section is required.