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Mainak Mukhopadhyay

Postdoctoral Scholar
Mainak Mukhopadhyay


Arizona State University (Ph.D. Physics), 2018-2022

St. Stephen’s College, University of Delhi (B.Sc. Physics (Honors)), 2015-2018


My research interests in astro-particle physics include: multi­-messenger astronomy, neu­trino physics, phenomenology of astrophysical neutrinos, and gravitational waves (GWs). In particular, I have worked on core collapse supernova, supernova neutrinos, pre-supernova neutrinos, gravitational wave memory effect.

I am also interested in high energy physics, cosmology, field theory: quantum fields in time-dependent backgrounds and backreaction - particle production; early universe cosmology, topological defects - kinks, vortices, monopoles, solitons; kink antikink collisions.

Selected Publications:

  1. Mainak Mukhopadhyay, Zidu Lin and Cecilia Lunardini. Memory­-triggered supernova neutrino detec­tionPhys. Rev. D, 106(4):043020, 2022.
  2. Mainak Mukhopadhyay, Carlos Cardona, and Cecilia Lunardini. The neutrino gravitational mem­ory from a core collapse supernova: phenomenology and physics potentialJCAP 07 (2021) 055.
  3. Mainak Mukhopadhyay, Cecilia Lunardini, F. X. Timmes, and Kai Zuber. Pre­supernova neutrinos: directional sensitivity and prospects for progenitor identificationAstrophys. J., 899(2):153, 2020.
  4. Mainak Mukhopadhyay, Evangelos I. Sfakianakis, Tanmay Vachaspati and George Zahariade. Kink­ antikink scattering in a quantum vacuumJHEP 04 (2022) 118.
  5. Mainak Mukhopadhyay, Tanmay Vachaspati, and George Zahariade. Quantum Formation of Topo­logical DefectsPhys. Rev. D, 102(11):116002, 2020.
  6. Mainak Mukhopadhyay, Tanmay Vachaspati, and George Zahariade. Emergence of classical struc­tures from the quantum vacuumPhys. Rev. D, 102(5):056021, 2020.
  7. Mainak Mukhopadhyay and Tanmay Vachaspati. Rolling classical scalar field in a linear potential coupled to a quantum fieldPhys. Rev. D, 100(9):096018, 2019.