Bio


Dr. Schuster is a theoretical physicist and chair of the Particle Physics & Astrophysics department at Stanford’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory.

Schuster's research is focused on the underpinnings of the Standard Model, identifying dark matter and its properties, and developing concepts for new experimental tests of physics beyond the Standard Model. He has worked on LHC collider physics and methods of characterizing data, new models of weak-scale physics and dark matter, theoretical aspects of long-range forces and scattering amplitudes, and is directly involved in several experimental efforts as co-spokesperson for APEX, a founding member and physics coordinator for LDMX, and as a founding member of HPS.

Schuster's most recent theoretical and experimental work aims to explore the idea that dark matter is part of a broader dark sector of particles and interactions that can be discovered with small-scale laboratory experiments, some of which can be performed at SLAC. 

Academic Appointments


  • Associate Professor, Particle Physics and Astrophysics

Administrative Appointments


  • Department Chair, Particle Physics & Astrophysics (2020 - Present)

Honors & Awards


  • New Horizons in Physics Prize, Fundamental Physics Prize Foundation (Nov. 2014)
  • Early Researcher Award, Ontario (2015)
  • Discovery Accelerator Award, NSERC (2012)

Professional Education


  • Ph.D., Harvard University, Physics (2007)
  • M.S., Harvard University, Physics (2005)
  • S.B., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Physics (2003)

2020-21 Courses


Stanford Advisees


  • Doctoral Dissertation Advisor (AC)
    Matthew Solt

All Publications


  • A high efficiency photon veto for the Light Dark Matter eXperiment JOURNAL OF HIGH ENERGY PHYSICS Akesson, T., Blinov, N., Bryngemark, L., Colegrove, O., Collura, G., Dukes, C., Dutta, V., Echenard, B., Eichlersmith, T., Group, C., Hiltbrand, J., Hitlin, D. G., Incandela, J., Krnjaic, G., Lazaro, J., Li, A., Mans, J., Masterson, P., McCormick, J., Moreno, O., Mullier, G., Nagar, A., Nelson, T., Niendorf, G., Oyang, J., Petersen, R., Pottgen, R., Schuster, P., Siegel, H., Toro, N., Tran, N., Whitbeck, A. 2020
  • The Heavy Photon Search test detector NUCLEAR INSTRUMENTS & METHODS IN PHYSICS RESEARCH SECTION A-ACCELERATORS SPECTROMETERS DETECTORS AND ASSOCIATED EQUIPMENT Battaglieri, M. a., Boyarinov, S. b., Bueltmann, S. c., Burkert, V. b., Celentano, A. a., CHARLES, G. F., COOPER, W. D., Cuevas, C. b., Dashyan, N. e., DeVita, R. a., Desnault, C. f., Deur, A. b., Egiyan, H. b., Elouadrhiri, L. b., Essig, R. g., Fadeyev, V. h., Field, C. i., Freyberger, A. b., Gershtein, Y. j., Gevorgyan, N. E., Girod, F. b., Graf, N. i., Graham, M. I., Griffioen, K. k., Grillo, A. h., Guidal, M. f., Haller, G. i., Adrian, P. H., Herbst, R. i., Holtrop, M. l., Jaros, J. i., Kaneta, S. b., Khandaker, M. M., Kubarovsky, A. n., Kubarovsky, V. b., Maruyama, T. i., McCormick, J. I., Moffeit, K. i., Moreno, O. H., Neal, H. i., Nelson, T. i., Niccolai, S. f., Odian, A. i., Oriunno, M. i., Paremuzyan, R. e., Partridge, R. i., Phillips, S. K., Rauly, E. f., Raydo, B. b., REICHERT, J. J., Rindel, E. f., Rosier, P. F., Salgado, C. M., Schuster, P. o., Sharabian, Y. b., Sokhan, D. p., Stepanyan, S. b., Toro, N. o., Uemura, S. i., Ungaro, M. b., Voskanyan, H. E., Walz, D. i., Weinstein, L. B., Wojtsekhowski, B. B. 2015; 777: 91-101
  • Simplified models for LHC new physics searches JOURNAL OF PHYSICS G-NUCLEAR AND PARTICLE PHYSICS Alves, D., Arkani-Hamed, N., Arora, S., Bai, Y., Baumgart, M., Berger, J., Buckley, M., Butler, B., Chang, S., Cheng, H., Cheung, C., Chivukula, R. S., Cho, W. S., Cotta, R., D'Alfonso, M., El Hedri, S., Essig, R., Evans, J. A., Fitzpatrick, L., Fox, P., Franceschini, R., Freitas, A., Gainer, J. S., Gershtein, Y., Gray, R., Gregoire, T., Gripaios, B., Gunion, J., Han, T., Haas, A., Hansson, P., Hewett, J., Hits, D., Hubisz, J., Izaguirre, E., Kaplan, J., Katz, E., Kilic, C., Kim, H., Kitano, R., Koay, S. A., Ko, P., Krohn, D., Kuflik, E., Lewis, I., Lisanti, M., Liu, T., Liu, Z., Lu, R., Luty, M., Meade, P., Morrissey, D., Mrenna, S., Nojiri, M., Okui, T., Padhi, S., Papucci, M., Park, M., Park, M., Perelstein, M., Peskin, M., Phalen, D., Rehermann, K., Rentala, V., Roy, T., Ruderman, J. T., Sanz, V., Schmaltz, M., Schnetzer, S., Schuster, P., Schwaller, P., Schwartz, M. D., Schwartzman, A., Shao, J., Shelton, J., Shih, D., Shu, J., Silverstein, D., Simmons, E., Somalwar, S., Spannowsky, M., Spethmann, C., Strassler, M., Su, S., Tait, T., Thomas, B., Thomas, S., Toro, N., Volansky, T., Wacker, J., Waltenberger, W., Yavin, I., Yu, F., Zhao, Y., Zurek, K. 2012; 39 (10)
  • Search for a New Gauge Boson in Electron-Nucleus Fixed-Target Scattering by the APEX Experiment PHYSICAL REVIEW LETTERS Abrahamyan, S., Ahmed, Z., Allada, K., Anez, D., Averett, T., Barbieri, A., Bartlett, K., Beacham, J., Bono, J., Boyce, J. R., Brindza, P., Camsonne, A., Cranmer, K., Dalton, M. M., de Jager, C. W., Donaghy, J., Essig, R., Field, C., Folts, E., Gasparian, A., Goeckner-Wald, N., Gomez, J., Graham, M., Hansen, J., Higinbotham, D. W., Holmstrom, T., Huang, J., Iqbal, S., Jaros, J., Jensen, E., Kelleher, A., Khandaker, M., LeRose, J. J., Lindgren, R., Liyanage, N., Long, E., Mammei, J., Markowitz, P., Maruyama, T., Maxwell, V., Mayilyan, S., McDonald, J., Michaels, R., MOFFEIT, K., Nelyubin, V., Odian, A., Oriunno, M., Partridge, R., Paolone, M., Piasetzky, E., POMERANTZ, I., Qiang, Y., Riordan, S., Roblin, Y., Sawatzky, B., Schuster, P., Segal, J., Selvy, L., Shahinyan, A., Subedi, R., Sulkosky, V., Stepanyan, S., Toro, N., Walz, D., Wojtsekhowski, B., Zhang, J. 2011; 107 (19)

    Abstract

    We present a search at the Jefferson Laboratory for new forces mediated by sub-GeV vector bosons with weak coupling α' to electrons. Such a particle A' can be produced in electron-nucleus fixed-target scattering and then decay to an e + e- pair, producing a narrow resonance in the QED trident spectrum. Using APEX test run data, we searched in the mass range 175-250 MeV, found no evidence for an A'→ e+ e- reaction, and set an upper limit of α'/α ~/= 10(-6). Our findings demonstrate that fixed-target searches can explore a new, wide, and important range of masses and couplings for sub-GeV forces.

    View details for DOI 10.1103/PhysRevLett.107.191804

    View details for Web of Science ID 000297006700004

    View details for PubMedID 22181599

  • An electron fixed target experiment to search for a new vector boson A ' decaying to e(+)e(-) JOURNAL OF HIGH ENERGY PHYSICS Essig, R., Schuster, P., Toro, N., Wojtsekhowski, B. 2011
  • High energy electron signals from dark matter annihilation in the Sun PHYSICAL REVIEW D Schuster, P., Toro, N., Weiner, N., Yavin, I. 2010; 82 (11)
  • Composite inelastic dark matter PHYSICS LETTERS B Alves, D. S., Behbahani, S. R., Schuster, P., Wacker, J. G. 2010; 692 (5): 323-326
  • Physics with the KLOE-2 experiment at the upgraded DA Phi NE EUROPEAN PHYSICAL JOURNAL C Amelino-Camelia, G., Archilli, F., Babusci, D., Badoni, D., Bencivenni, G., Bernabeu, J., Bertlmann, R. A., Boito, D. R., Bini, C., Bloise, C., BOCCI, V., Bossi, F., Branchini, P., Budano, A., BULYCHJEV, S. A., Campana, P., Capon, G., Ceradini, F., Ciambrone, P., Czerwinski, E., Czyz, H., D'Ambrosio, G., Dane, E., De Lucia, E., De Robertis, G., De Santis, A., De Simone, P., De Zorzi, G., Di Domenico, A., Di Donato, C., Di Micco, B., Domenici, D., Eidelman, S. I., Erriquez, O., Escribano, R., Essig, R., Fedotovich, G. V., Felici, G., Fiore, S., Franzini, P., Gauzzi, P., Giacosa, F., Giovannella, S., Gonnella, F., Graziani, E., Happacher, F., Hiesmayr, B. C., Hoistad, B., Iarocci, E., Ivashyn, S., Jacewicz, M., Jegerlehner, F., Johansson, T., Lee-Franzini, J., Kluge, W., Kulikov, V. V., Kupsc, A., Lehnert, R., Loddo, F., Lukin, P., Martemianov, M. A., Martini, M., Matsyuk, M. A., Mavromatos, N. E., Mescia, F., Messi, R., Miscetti, S., Morello, G., Moricciani, D., Moskal, P., Mueller, S., Nguyen, F., Passemar, E., Passera, M., Passeri, A., Patera, V., Pennington, M. R., Prades, J., Quintieri, L., Ranieri, A., Reece, M., Santangelo, P., Sarkar, S., Sarra, I., Schioppa, M., Schuster, P. C., Sciascia, B., Sciubba, A., Silarski, M., Taccini, C., Toro, N., Tortora, L., Venanzoni, G., Versaci, R., Wang, L., Wislicki, W., Wolke, M., ZDEBIK, J. 2010; 68 (3-4): 619-681
  • The cosmology of composite inelastic dark matter JOURNAL OF HIGH ENERGY PHYSICS Alves, D. S., Behbahani, S. R., Schuster, P., Wacker, J. G. 2010
  • Terrestrial and solar limits on long-lived particles in a dark sector PHYSICAL REVIEW D Schuster, P., Toro, N., Yavin, I. 2010; 81 (1)
  • New fixed-target experiments to search for dark gauge forces PHYSICAL REVIEW D Bjorken, J. D., Essig, R., Schuster, P., Toro, N. 2009; 80 (7)
  • Probing dark forces and light hidden sectors at low-energy e(+)e(-) colliders PHYSICAL REVIEW D Essig, R., Schuster, P., Toro, N. 2009; 80 (1)
  • Constructing the tree-level Yang-Mills S-matrix using complex factorization JOURNAL OF HIGH ENERGY PHYSICS Schuster, P. C., Toro, N. 2009
  • Simplified models for a first characterization of new physics at the LHC PHYSICAL REVIEW D Alwall, J., Schuster, P. C., Toro, N. 2009; 79 (7)