David Tucker-Smith

Chair and Professor of Physics

Thompson Physics Rm 313
At Williams since 2003


B.A. Amherst College (1995)
Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, Physics (2001)
Postdoctoral Associate Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2003)

Areas of Expertise

The Standard Model of particle physics (SM), which describes the electromagnetic, weak, and strong interactions of quarks and leptons, has been amazingly successful at explaining data from collider experiments.   Yet it has a number of apparent shortcomings.  For example, numerous observations provide evidence that the energy density associated with dark matter is much greater than that associated with ordinary matter.  The SM cannot explain this fact.  Also, the dynamics of the SM tend to drive the scale of electroweak symmetry breaking to be very large, so that to explain the experimentally measured values of the W and Z gauge boson masses requires an extreme (and to many, unbelievable) fine-tuning among certain parameters of the theory. This apparent problem – called the hierarchy problem – has motivated some of the most promising extensions SM.  I am interested in ideas for physics beyond the SM, and how they can be tested at the Large Hadron Collider and elsewhere.


Note: courses in gray are not offered this academic year.

PHYS 131(F)

Introduction to Mechanics

PHYS 210 / MATH 210(S)

Mathematical Methods for Scientists

PHYS 321(F)

Introduction to Particle Physics

Scholarship/Creative Work

Selected Publications

  • Singlet-Doublet Dark Matter, Timothy Cohen, John Kearney, A. Pierce, and D. Tucker-Smith, Phys.Rev. D85, 075003 (2012).
  • Higgs friends and counterfeits at hadron colliders, P.J. Fox,  D. Tucker-Smith and N. Weiner, JHEP 1106, 127 (2011).
  • An Effective Z', P.J. Fox, J. Liu, D. Tucker-Smith and N. Weiner, Phys.Rev. D84,115006 (2011).
  • Muonic Hydrogen and MeV Forces, D. Tucker-Smith and I. Yavin, Phys.Rev. D83, 101702 (2011).
  •  Inelastic Dark Matter in Light of DAMA/LIBRA, S. Chang, G.D. Kribs, D. Tucker-Smith, and N. Weiner, Phys. Rev. D 79, 043513 (2009).
  • Dijet Searches for Supersymmetry at the LHC, L. Randall and D. Tucker-Smith,  Phys. Rev. Lett. 101:221803 (2008).
  • Mixed Sneutrinos, Dark matter, and the LHC,
    Z. Thomas,  D. Tucker-Smith, and N. Weiner,
    Phys. Rev. D 77, 115015 (2008).
  • Color-Octet Scalars at the CERN LHC,
    M. Gerbush, T.J. Khoo, D.J. Phalen, A. Pierce, and D.Tucker-Smith, Phys. Rev. D 77, 095003 (2008).
  • Using Jet Mass to Discover Vector-Quarks at the LHC,
    W. Skiba and D.Tucker-Smith, Phys.Rev. D75 (2007) 115010.
  • Little Higgs Theories, M. Schmaltz and D. Tucker-Smith, Ann.Rev.Nucl.Part.Sci, Vol. 55 (2005) 229. 
  •  What Precision Electroweak Physics Says About the SU(6)/Sp(6) Little Higgs, T. Gregoire,  D. Tucker-Smith, and J. Wacker Phys.Rev. D69 (2004) 115008.
  • Warped Supersymmetric Grand Unification, W. Goldberger, Y. Nomura, and D. Tucker-Smith, Phys. Rev. D 67, 075021 (2003).
  • Little Higgs Bosons from an Antisymmetric Condensate, I. Low, W. Skiba, and D. Tucker-Smith, Phys. Rev. D 66, 072001 (2002).
  • Inelastic Dark Matter, D. Tucker-Smith and N. Weiner, Phys. Rev. D 64, 043502 (2001).
  • Small Neutrino Masses from Supersymmetry Breaking, N. Arkani-Hamed, L.J. Hall, H. Murayama, D. Tucker-Smith, and N. Weiner, Phys. Rev. D 64, 115011 (2001).
  • Cosmological Constraints on Large Extra Dimensions, L.J. Hall and D. Tucker-Smith, Phys. Rev. D 60, 085008 (1999).

Current Funding

Previous Posts

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology: Postdoctoral Research Associate, 2001-2003