Zhen Liu

Zhen Liu

Zhen Liu

Assistant Professor, School of Physics and Astronomy


John T. Tate Hall
Room 375-22
116 Church Street Se
Minneapolis, MN 55455


High Energy Theory

Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh, 2015

M.S. University of Wisconsin, Madison, 2011

B.S., Zhejiang University, 2009

Research Interests

My current research focus is on theoretical particle physics, especially phenomenology at high energy colliders such as the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) and other future collider programs (ILC, CLIC, CEPC/SPPC, FCC-ee/hh, muon colliders, etc), spanning over interesting Standard Model (SM) phenomenology in particular the Higgs boson (exotic decays, Electroweak Phase Transition (EWPT) and Baryogenesis (EWBG), Effective Field Theory (EFT) ), Beyond Standard Model (BSM) physics such as Supersymemtry, Dark Matter (including other probes, DM direct/indirect detection), Long-Lived Particles, Heavy Resonances (e.g., Z', W', Colored, Higgs), and in terms of Simplified Models. I am also proposing and conducting innovative small-scale experiments in searches for exotic particles, such as dark photons, axion-like particles and millicharged particles.

Selected Publications


Recent Publications

  1. Carena, M., Krause, C., Liu, Z., Wang, Y. New approach to electroweak symmetry nonrestoration (2021) Physical Review D, 104 (5), art. no. 055016

  2. Kelly, K.J., Kumar, S., Liu, Z. Heavy axion opportunities at the DUNE near detector (2021) Physical Review D, 103 (9), art. no. 095002 

  3. Han, T., Liu, Z., Wang, L.-T., Wang, X. WIMPs at high energy muon colliders (2021) Physical Review D, 103 (7), art. no. 075004

  4. Carney, D., Krnjaic, G., Moore, D.C., Regal, C.A., Afek, G., Bhave, S., Brubaker, B., Corbitt, T., Cripe, J., Crisosto, N., Geraci, A., Ghosh, S., Harris, J.G.E., Hook, A., Kolb, E.W., Kunjummen, J., Lang, R.F., Li, T., Lin, T., Liu, Z., Lykken, J., Magrini, L., Manley, J., Matsumoto, N., Monte, A., Monteiro, F., Purdy, T., Riedel, C.J., Singh, R., Singh, S., Sinha, K., Taylor, J.M., Qin, J., Wilson, D.J., Zhao, Y. Mechanical quantum sensing in the search for dark matter (2021) Quantum Science and Technology, 6 (2), art. no. 024002

  5. Huang, L., Lane, S.D., Lewis, I.M., Liu, Z. Electroweak restoration at the LHC and beyond: The Vh channel (2021) Physical Review D, 103 (5), art. no. 053007

  6. Chacko, Z., Fox, P.J., Harnik, R., Liu, Z. Neutrino masses from low scale partial compositeness (2021) Journal of High Energy Physics, 2021 (3), art. no. 112

  7. Carney, D., Hook, A., Liu, Z., Taylor, J.M., Zhao, Y. Ultralight dark matter detection with mechanical quantum sensors (2021) New Journal of Physics, 23 (2), art. no. 023041

  8. Liu, J., Liu, Z., Wang, L.-T., Wang, X.-P. Enhancing sensitivities to long-lived particles with high granularity calorimeters at the LHC (2020) Journal of High Energy Physics, 2020 (11), art. no. 66


Preferred Pronouns: He/Him/His