David Schaich

AEC Institute for Theoretical Physics                          
University of Bern
3012 Bern, Switzerland
+41 31 631 8878 (Office)
+1 315 415-3277 (Google)
Skype: daschaich

Curriculum Vitae (last modified 15 December 2017)

Biography

I am a postdoctoral researcher in theoretical particle physics at the University of Bern. I previously worked at Syracuse University (2013–2016) and the University of Colorado Boulder (2011–2013) after studying at Amherst College and completing my PhD at Boston University. I have worked for shorter periods at the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics (2016 & 2015); the Humboldt University of Berlin (2015); the Aspen Center for Physics (2015 & 2013); the National Center for Theoretical Sciences, Taipei (2011); Lawrence Livermore National Lab (2010); and CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research (2005). In addition to these institutions I have been supported by the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. National Science Foundation, and the National Science Council of Taiwan.

Research [complete overview, GitHub]

I use high-performance computing to gain insight into strongly interacting quantum field theories, primarily in the context of high-energy particle physics. I employ lattice gauge theory, a non-perturbative framework that enables first-principles investigations of strongly coupled systems. Making use of lattice regularization as a broadly applicable tool, I address questions that are important both theoretically and phenomenologically, within and beyond the standard model of particle physics.

My work currently focuses on quantum chromodynamics at non-zero baryon density, supersymmetric lattice field theories and composite Higgs models.

A central aspect of my research is the development and deployment of software for high-performance parallel computing. I do the bulk of my code development publicly through GitHub, and whenever possible I release my programs under open-source free software licenses such as the GNU General Public License.

In order both to contribute to public engagement with science and to recognize taxpayer support of my work over the years, I write non-technical (or at least less-technical) descriptions of my research projects for interested non-experts. This more technical summary of my current research provides more concise information for experts.

Teaching [complete list]

I am currently teaching a graduate course on New strong dynamics beyond the standard model. Details are posted here.

I previously organized informal courses on Advanced quantum field theory, at the University of Colorado during 2012–2013 (resources available here) and at Syracuse University during 2013–2014 (resources available here). (Some of the online resources, in particular solutions to textbook exercises, are password protected.)

Recent publications and preprints [complete list, INSPIRE, arXiv, Google]

Refereed journal articles

  1. Testing holography using lattice super-Yang–Mills on a 2-torus
    Simon Catterall, Raghav G. Jha, David Schaich and Toby Wiseman
    Submitted to Physical Review D (2017) [arXiv:1709.07025, INSPIRE]

  2. Novel phases in strongly coupled four-fermion theories
    Simon Catterall and David Schaich
    Physical Review D 96:034506 (2017) [arXiv:1609.08541, INSPIRE]

  3. Nonperturbative beta function of twelve-flavor SU(3) gauge theory
    Anna Hasenfratz and David Schaich
    Submitted to Journal of High Energy Physics (2017) [arXiv:1610.10004, INSPIRE]

  4. Strongly interacting dynamics and the search for new physics at the LHC
    LSD Collaboration: Thomas Appelquist, Richard C. Brower, George T. Fleming, Anna Hasenfratz, Xiao-Yong Jin, Joe Kiskis, Ethan T. Neil, James C. Osborn, Claudio Rebbi, Enrico Rinaldi, David Schaich, Pavlos Vranas, Evan Weinberg, Oliver Witzel
    Physical Review D 93:114514 (2016) [arXiv:1601.04027, INSPIRE]

  5. Detecting Stealth Dark Matter Directly through Electromagnetic Polarizability
    LSD Collaboration: Thomas Appelquist, Evan Berkowitz, Richard C. Brower, Michael I. Buchoff, George T. Fleming, Xiao-Yong Jin, Joe Kiskis, Graham D. Kribs, Ethan T. Neil, James C. Osborn, Claudio Rebbi, Enrico Rinaldi, David Schaich, Chris Schroeder, Sergey Syritsyn, Pavlos Vranas, Evan Weinberg and Oliver Witzel
    Physical Review Letters 115:171803 (2015, Editors' Suggestion) [arXiv:1503.04205, INSPIRE]

  6. Stealth dark matter: Dark scalar baryons through the Higgs portal
    LSD Collaboration: Thomas Appelquist, Richard C. Brower, Michael I. Buchoff, George T. Fleming, Xiao-Yong Jin, Joe Kiskis, Graham D. Kribs, Ethan T. Neil, James C. Osborn, Claudio Rebbi, Enrico Rinaldi, David Schaich, Chris Schroeder, Sergey Syritsyn, Pavlos Vranas, Evan Weinberg and Oliver Witzel
    Physical Review D 92:075030 (2015, Editors' Suggestion) [arXiv:1503.04203, INSPIRE]

  7. Lifting flat directions in lattice supersymmetry
    Simon Catterall and David Schaich
    Journal of High Energy Physics 1507:057 (2015) [arXiv:1505.03135, INSPIRE]

  8. Nonperturbative beta function of eight-flavor SU(3) gauge theory
    Anna Hasenfratz, David Schaich and Aarti Veernala
    Journal of High Energy Physics 1506:143 (2015) [arXiv:1410.5886, INSPIRE]

  9. Parallel software for lattice N=4 supersymmetric Yang–Mills theory
    David Schaich and Thomas DeGrand
    Computer Physics Communications 190:200–212 (2015) [arXiv:1410.6971, INSPIRE]

Conference proceedings

  1. Phases of a strongly coupled four-fermion theory
    David Schaich and Simon Catterall
    Submitted to European Physical Journal Web of Conferences (2017) [arXiv:1710.08137, INSPIRE]

  2. Testing the holographic principle using lattice simulations
    Raghav G. Jha, Simon Catterall, David Schaich and Toby Wiseman
    Submitted to European Physical Journal Web of Conferences (2017) [arXiv:1710.06398, INSPIRE]

  3. Latest results from lattice N=4 supersymmetric Yang–Mills
    David Schaich, Simon Catterall, Poul Damgaard and Joel Giedt
    Proceedings of Science LATTICE2016:221 (2016) [arXiv:1611.06561, INSPIRE]

Recent presentations [complete list, map]

Invited talks

  1. Lattice gauge theory at the electroweak scale, Workshop on Strong Dynamics at the Electroweak Scale, University of Montpellier, 6 December 2017

  2. Lattice studies of maximally supersymmetric Yang–Mills theories, Workshop on Strongly Interacting Field Theories, Friedrich Schiller University Jena, 25 November 2017

  3. Lattice gauge theory beyond the standard model, 20th International Conference From the Planck Scale to the Electroweak Scale, Warsaw, 22 May 2017

  4. Maximally supersymmetric Yang–Mills on the lattice, University of Edinburgh Higgs Centre Particle Physics Theory Seminar, 23 November 2016

  5. Physics Out Of The Box: The impact of lattice gauge theory, University of Glasgow, 18 April 2016

  6. Composite dark matter and the role of lattice field theory, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Colloquium, 17 February 2016

  7. Maximally supersymmetric Yang–Mills on the lattice, Friedrich Schiller University Jena Quantum Theory Seminar, 17 December 2015

  8. Electroweak Phenomenology and Lattice Strong Dynamics, Humboldt / DESY Lattice Seminar, 23 November 2015

  9. N=4 supersymmetric Yang–Mills on a space-time lattice, Humboldt University QFT / String Seminar, 18 November 2015

Contributed talks

  1. Phases of a strongly coupled four-fermion theory, Lattice 2017, Granada, Spain, 22 June 2017

  2. Light scalar from lattice strong dynamics, 637th Wilhelm und Else Heraeus-Seminar "Understanding the LHC", Bad Honnef, Germany, 14 February 2017

  3. Lattice N=4 SYM, University of Bern Institute for Theoretical Physics lunch seminar, 13 October 2016



Last modified 15 December 2017

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