Dr. Eby’s PhD in physics from the University of Cincinnati dealt with dark matter, a collection of mass which is observed only through its gravitational interactions at the scale of galaxies; no one has ever detected individual dark matter particles. Study of axion dark matter requires knowledge of fundamental particle physics, astrophysics, cosmology, and condensed matter physics, and Dr. Eby’s expertise extends even beyond these fields. Colleagues have noted that in the past three years, he has written five papers on what is considered a very large range of topics: from axion dark matter to Higgs phenomenology.
In 2016, his talents were recognized at the highest echelons, when he won a U. S. Department of Energy Office of Science Graduate Student Research Fellowship, allowing him to perform research for one year at Fermilab, the world-renowned Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Batavia, Illinois. He continues to collaborate with researchers there on dark matter detection. Colleagues comment that his presentations are clear and concise, and he has received superior teaching evaluations.
At the Weizmann Institute of Science, the group of researchers that studies high energy phenomenology within the Department of Particle Physics & Astrophysics is eagerly anticipating his arrival.