Keith Olive

Keith Olive

Keith Olive

Gloria Becker Lubkin Chair in Theoretical Physics; Professor, School of Physics and Astronomy


John T. Tate Hall
Room 275-18
116 Church Street Se
Minneapolis, MN 55455


William I. Fine Theoretical Physics Institute (FTPI)
Minnesota Institute for Astrophysics (MIfA)

Ph.D., University of Chicago, 1981

M.S., University of Chicago, 1978 

B.S., University of Chicago, 1978 

Scientific & Professional Societies
Fellow, American Physical Society
Research Interests

My research is in the area of particle physics and cosmology. The main topics on which I work are: big bang nucleosynthesis, which is an explanation of the origin of the light element isotopes through 7Li; particle dark matter; big bang baryogenesis, which is an explanation of the matter-antimatter asymmetry observed in nature; and inflation which is a theory constructed to resolve many outstanding problems in standard cosmology.

Research Group
Particle Data Group (PDG)
Honors and Awards

Distinguished McKnight University Professor, 1998-present

Hans A. Bethe Prize, 2018

Fellow, American Physical Society, 2003

Presidential Young Investigator Award, 1987-94

George a Taylor Research Award, 1988 

Selected Publications

K. Kaneta, Y. Mambrini, and K.A. Olive, Radiative Production of nonthermal Dark Matter, Phys. Rev. D99:063508, 2019 [abstract]

J. Ellis, M.A.G. Garcia, N. Nagata, D. V. Nanopoulos, and K.A. Olive, Symmetry Breaking and Reheating after Inflation in No-Scale Flipped SU(5), JCAP 1904:009, 2019 [abstract]

John Ellis, Natsumi Nagata, and Keith A. Olive, Uncertainties in WIMP Dark Matter Scattering Revisited, Eur. Phys. J C78:569, 2018 [abstract]

E. Bagnaschi, H. Bahl, J. Ellis, J. Evans, T. Hahn, S. Heinemeyer, W. Hollik, K. A. Olive, S. Passehr, H. Rzehak, I. V. Sobolev, G. Weiglein, and J. Zheng, Supersymmetric Models in Light of Improved Higgs Mass Calculations, Eur. Phys. J. C79: 149, 2019 [abstract]

J. Ellis, B. Nagaraj, D. V. Nanopoulos, and K. A. Olive, De Sitter Vacua in No-scale supergravity, JHEP 1811:110, 2018 [abstract]

E. Vangioni and K. A. Olive, The Cosmic Evolution of Magnesium Isotopes, MNRAS 484:3561-3572, 2019 [abstract]

John Ellis, D. V. Nanopoulos, and Keith A. Olive, From R2 Gravity to No-Scale Supergravity, Phys. Rev. D97: 043530, 2018 [abstract]

E. Dudas, T. Gherghetta, Y. Mambrini, K.A. Olive, Inflation and High-Scale Supersymmetry with an EeV Gravitino, Phys. Rev. D96:115032, 2017 [abstract]

E. Dudas, Y. Mambrini, and Keith A. Olive, The Case for an EeV Gravitino, Phys. Rev. Lett. 119:051801, 2017 [abstract]

J. Ellis, M. Garcia, D. V. Nanopoulos, and K. A. Olive, Phenomenological Aspects of No-Scale Inflation Models, JCAP, 1510:011, 2015 [abstract]

N. Nagata, K. A. Olive, and J. Zheng, Weakly-Interacting Massive Particles in Non-supersymmetric SO(10) Grand Unified Model, JHEP, 1510:193, 2015 [abstract]

E. Aver, K. A. Olive, and E. Skillman, The effects of He I 10830 on helium abundance determinations, JCAP 1507:011, 2015 [abstract]

R. H. Cyburt, B.D. Fields, K. A. Olive, and T.-H. Yeh, Big Bang Nucleosynthesis: 2015, Rev. Mod. Phys. 88, 015004 (2016) [abstract]

J. Ellis, D. V. Nanopoulos, and Keith A. Olive, A No-Scale Supergravity Realization of the Starobinsky Model, Phys. Rev. Lett. 111:111301, 2013 [abstract]

Ellis, D. V. Nanopoulos,and Keith A. Olive, Starobinsky-like Inflationary Models as Avatars of No-Scale Supergravity, JCAP 1310:009, 2013 [abstract]

M.A.G Garcia, K. Kaneta, Y. Mambrini, and K.A. Olive, Reheating and Post-inflationary Production of Dark Matter, Phys. Rev. D101:123506, 2020 [abstract]

E. Dudas, L. Heurtier, Y. Mambrini, K.A. Olive, and M. Pierre, A Model of Metastable EeV Dark Matter, Phys. Rev. D101:115029, 2020 [abstract]

J. Ellis, J. Evans, N. Nagata, K.A. Olive, and L. Velasco-Sevilla, Supersymmetric Proton Decay Revisited, Eur. Phys. J. C80:332, 2020 [abstract]

B.D. Fields, K.A. Olive, T.-H. Yeh, and C. Young, Big-Bang Nucleosynthesis After Planck, JCAP, 2003:010, 2020 [abstract]

K. Kaneta, Y. Mambrini, K. A. Olive, and S. Verner, Inflation and Leptogenesis in High-Scale Supersymmetry, Phys. Rev. D101:015002, 2020. [abstract]

T. Gherghetta, J. Kersten, K.A. Olive, and M. Pospelov, The Price of Tiny Kinetic Mixing, Phys. Rev. D199:095001, 2019 [abstract]

K. A. Olive and E. Vangioni, Constraining ν-Process Production of Fluorine through Cosmic Ray Nucleosynthesis, MNRAS 490:4307-4316, 2019 [abstract]

J. Ellis, D. V. Nanopoulos, K.A. Olive, and S. Verner, Unified No-Scale Attractors, JCAP, 1909:040, 2019 [abstract]