Spencer's University of Oregon Webpage
Willamette Hall 462
Department of Physics
1274 University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403-1274
Welcome! My name is Spencer Chang and I am an assistant professor of physics at the University of Oregon.
My research is in theoretical particle physics with interests in new physics beyond the standard model.
Some of my research directions include:
- Electroweak Physics and Higgs Bosons:
I am interested in theories of electroweak symmetry breaking and their
implications for physics at the Teravolt energy scale. I am
interested in a wide spectrum of theories, including Little Higgs, Twin
Higgs, supersymmetry, extra dimensions, and technicolor. LHC is
quickly covering new regions of parameter space, looking for the Higgs
boson and any such physics that could accompany it. New physics
could be discovered at any moment!
- Dark Matter: The
existence of dark matter is motivated primarily by its gravitational
effects, for example on galaxy rotation curves and gravitational
lensing. With future data, we could start to learn more about
this still mysterious phenomena. My interests include theories of
dark matter (WIMPs and other scenarios) and their experimental signals
in cosmic rays, particles colliders, and direct detection experiments.
- Cosmological Tests of High Energy Physics:
A few years ago, I studied the observational signals that would result
from our universe being born from a bubble nucleation. Any theory
with a large and complex vacuum structure predicts this, including
string theory. This lends itself naturally to press attention, e.g. Discover Magazine.
Stay tuned, as future studies of the cosmic microwave background (such
as Planck), could give corroborating evidence that we live in a bubble
Here are links to my publications
and curriculum vitae
This quarter I am teaching PHYS 610: Early Universe Physics
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