Mr Ankit Beniwal

Ankit Beniwal
Higher Degree by Research Candidate
Postgraduate Student
School of Physical Sciences
Faculty of Sciences

I'm a third year Ph.D. student at the University of Adelaide. My research is focused on studying the simplest Higgs portal Dark Matter (DM) models. Specifically, I investigate the phenomenological implications of these models at colliders, indirect and direct DM search experiments.

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Mr Ankit Beniwal

I'm a third year Ph.D. student at the University of Adelaide. My research is focused on studying the simplest Higgs portal Dark Matter (DM) models. Specifically, I investigate the phenomenological implications of these models at colliders, indirect and direct DM search experiments.

In my first project, I performed a combined analysis of 4 effective Higgs portal dark matter models. After scanning the model parameter space and using the experimental exclusion limits available at the time, allowed regions of the model were found. The results indicated that these models will either be excluded or tested in the coming years. 

In my second project, I looked at the possibility of the scalar Higgs portal model to explain the matter-antimatter asymmetry in the Universe. The phenomenological implications of the model at colliders and direct DM search experiments were also investigated. It was found that the model could not simultaneously explain the matter-antimatter asymmetry and the observed dark matter abundance. 

Currently, I'm involved in two separate projects. Specifically, I'm working with the GAMBIT collaboration to perform a global fit of the effective Higgs portal models (i.e., the models studied in my first project) using the recently released GAMBIT software. My second project is based on performing the parameter space scans of an Ultra-Violet (UV) complete fermion Higgs portal model - a model that can explain both the matter-antimatter asymmetry and the observed dark matter abundance. 

Appointments

Date Position Institution name
2015 PhD student University of Adelaide
2015 - 2017 Casual tutor for Physics courses University of Adelaide

Language Competencies

Language Competency
English Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
Hindi Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review

Education

Date Institution name Country Title
2015 University of Adelaide Australia PhD
2011 - 2014 University of Adelaide Australia B.Sc. (High Performance Computational Physics) (Honours)

Postgraduate Training

Date Title Institution Country
2013 - 2013 Demonstrator Development and Training University of Adelaide Australia

Certifications

Date Title Institution name Country
2015 Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) University of Adelaide Australia
2014 H S Green Prize University of Adelaide Australia
2013 The Angus Hurst Prize University of Adelaide Australia
2013 Faculty of Sciences Outstanding Academic Achievement Award University of Adelaide Australia
2012 Faculty of Sciences Outstanding Academic Achievement Award University of Adelaide Australia

Research Interests

High Energy Astrophysics, Particle Physics, Physical Sciences

Journals

Year Citation
2017 Beniwal, A., Lewicki, M., Wells, J., White, M. & Williams, A. (2017). Gravitational wave, collider and dark matter signals from a scalar singlet electroweak baryogenesis. Journal of High Energy Physics, 2017, 8, -. 10.1007/JHEP08(2017)108
2016 Beniwal, A., Rajec, F., Savage, C., Scott, P., Weniger, C., White, M. & Williams, A. (2016). Combined analysis of effective Higgs portal dark matter models. Physical Review D, 93, 11, 115016-1-115016-31. 10.1103/PhysRevD.93.115016

Conference Papers

Year Citation
2016 Beniwal, A., Rajec, F., Savage, C., Scott, P., Weniger, C., White, M. & Williams, A. (2016). Combined analysis of effective Higgs portal dark matter models. 38th International Conference on High Energy Physics (ICHEP2016). Chicago, USA.

Australian Postgraduate Award (APA)

Scholarship awarded to undertake a 3 year Ph.D. candidature at the University of Adelaide (starting Feb 2015). As a full-time student, I receive a tax-free stipend of $25,392/annum (indexed annually).

Cedric Arnold Seth Ferry Scholarship (2014)

Scholarship awarded to cover the cost of study in the Honours year. I received a total amount of $7,500. 

2017

PHYSICS 2510: Physics IIA (Semester 1)

  1. Standard Marking x 2

2016

PHYSICS 2520: Physics IIB (Semester 2)

  1. Normal/Standard Tutorial x 2

2015

PHYSICS 3542: PHYSICS III (QM) (Semester 1)

  1. Normal/Standard Tutorial x 7
  2. Repeat Tutorial x 7​​​​​
  3. Standard Marking x 4

PHYSICS 3544: Quantum Mechanics III (Semester 2)

  1. Normal/Standard Tutorial x 8
  2. Standard Marking x 2
  3. Basic Lectures x 8

Principal Supervisor: Dr. Martin J. White

Co-supervisor: Prof. Anthony G. Williams 

Position
Postgraduate Student
Phone
83133427
Fax
8313 4380
Campus
North Terrace
Building
Physics Building
Room Number
1 28a
Org Unit
Physics

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