Two UCSC physicists elected Fellows of the American Physical Society

Physicists Onuttom Narayan and Stefano Profumo were honored by APS for their exceptional contributions to physics

Stefano Profumo
Onuttom Narayan

Onuttom Narayan and Stefano Profumo, both professors of physics at UC Santa Cruz, have been elected Fellows of the American Physical Society (APS) in recognition of their outstanding contributions to physics.

Profumo serves as deputy director for theory at the Santa Cruz Institute for Particle Physics (SCIPP) and director of the Physics Graduate Program. His research interests include high-energy astrophysics, dark matter searches, particle physics beyond the Standard Model, and the matter-antimatter asymmetry in the universe.

The APS recognized Profumo “for incisive contributions to the development of astroparticle physics. In particular, for work addressing many aspects of dark matter theory and detection, including direct and indirect detection, as well as collider searches.”

Narayan’s research interests include theoretical condensed matter physics and statistical mechanics of disordered and nonequilibrium systems. The APS citation recognized him “for definitive work correcting the Fourier law of thermal transport below 2D, and for wide ranging contributions to statistical mechanics of granular systems.”

Election as an APS Fellow is a distinct honor signifying recognition by one's professional peers. Each year, no more than one half of one percent of the APS membership is recognized by their peers for election to the status of Fellow of the American Physical Society.

The American Physical Society is a nonprofit membership organization working to advance the knowledge of physics. APS represents over 55,000 members, including physicists in academia, national laboratories, and industry in the United States and throughout the world.