Ankit Beniwal

Mr 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.

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. 

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  • 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 Achieveme University of Adelaide Australia
    2012 Faculty of Sciences Outstanding Academic Achieveme University of Adelaide Australia
  • Research Interests

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
  • Position: Postgraduate Student
  • Phone: 83133427
  • Email: ankit.beniwal@adelaide.edu.au
  • Fax: 8313 4380
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Physics Building, floor 1
  • Room: 1 28a
  • Org Unit: Physics

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