Segev BenZvi

Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Rochester

About Me

I am an experimental physicist specializing in astroparticle physics, which is the study of cosmic rays, gamma rays, and neutrinos from extraterrestrial sources. My focus is the study of charged cosmic rays and gamma rays above 1 TeV, an energy range that allows us to indirectly observe high-energy particle acceleration in supernovae, active galactic nuclei, and gamma-ray bursts.

At TeV, observations of gamma rays are also very important for cosmology, because the gamma rays with interact with primordial radiation fields (the cosmic infrared background) that are very difficult to observe directly. In addition, TeV gamma rays can be used as possible tracers of dark matter annihilation.

I currently participate in the High-Altitude Water Cherenkov Gamma-Ray Observatory (or HAWC) in central Mexico and the IceCube Neutrino Observatory at the South Pole.

If you are interested in talking about particle astrophysics and would like to know more about opportunities to work on HAWC, IceCube, and similar experiments, feel free to send me an email.