Francis Halzen

Contact Information

Office Phone Number:
608-262-2667
Cell Number:
608-513-9815
Fax Number:
608-262-8628

Work Address

University of Wisconsin-Madison
Department of Physics
Phenomenology Institute
5293 Chamberlin Hall
Madison, Wisconsin

Department of Physics Number (Linda Dolan): 608-262-4964
IceCube Project (Kim Kreiger): 608-890-1124
E-mail Address: halzen@icecube.wisc.edu

Francis Halzen

Appointments at the University of Wisconsin, Madison

  • Hilldale and Gregory Breit Distinguished Professor
  • Director of the Institute for Elementary Particle Physics Research
  • Interim Director of the Wisconsin IceCube Particle Astrophysics Center

Publications (selected from more than 500)

  • High Transverse Momentum Secondaries and Rising Total Cross Sections in Cosmic Ray Interactions (with D. Cline), Phys. Rev. Lett. 31, 491 (1973).
  • Testing QCD in the Hadroproduction of Real and Virtual Photons (with D. Scott), Phys. Rev. Lett. 40, 1117 (1978)
  • Limits to the Number of Neutrinos (with K. Mursula), Phys. Rev. Lett. 51 857 (1983).
  • Soft Hard Scattering in the TeV Range (with T. Gaisser), Phys. Rev. Lett. 54 1754 (1985).
  • High Energy Neutrino Detection in Deep Polar Ice (with J.G. Learned), Proceedings of the 5th International Symposium on Very High Energy Cosmic Ray Interactions, Lodz, Poland (1988).
  • Observation of Muons Using the Polar Ice Cap as a Cerenkov Detector (with D.M. Lowder, T. Miller, R. Morse, P.B. Price and A. Westphal), Nature 353, 331 (1991).
  • Delta r Beyond One Loop (with B. Kniehl), Nucl. Phys. B 353 567 (1991)
  • Optical Properties of South Pole Ice at Depths Between 0.8 km and 1 km (with P. Askebjer et al.), Science 267, 1147 (1995).
  • Particle Astrophysics with High Energy Neutrinos (with T.K. Gaisser and T. Stanev), Physics Reports 258, 173 (1995).
  • Ultratransparent Antarctic Ice as a Supernova Detector (with J. Jacobsen and E. Zas), Phys. Rev. D 53, 7359 (1996).
  • Tau Neutrino Appearance with a 1000 Megaparsec Baseline (with D. Saltzberg), Phys. Rev. Lett. 81, 4305 (1998).
  • Observation of High Energy Neutrinos with AMANDA (with the AMANDA collaboration), Nature 410, 441 (2001).
  • Physics Reach of High-Energy and High-Statistics IceCube Atmospheric Neutrino Data (with Gonzalez-Garcia,M. C. and Matltoni, M., Phys.Rev. D 71 093010 (2005).
  • Identifying Galactic PeVatrons with Neutrinos.
M.C. Gonzalez-Garcia, Francis Halzen, Soumya Mohapatra, Astropart.Phys.31:437-444, 2009.
  • Observation of Anisotropy in the Arrival Directions of Galactic Cosmic Rays at Multiple Angular Scales with IceCube (with the IceCube collaboration), Astrophys. J. 740, 16 (2011).
  • An Absence of Neutrinos Associated with Cosmic Acceleration in Gamma Ray Bursts (with the IceCube collaboration), Nature 484, 351 (2012).
  • Search for dark matter annihilations in the Sun with the 79-string IceCube detector (with the IceCube collaboration), Phys.Rev.Lett. 110,131302 (2013).
  • First observation of PeV-energy neutrinos with IceCube (with the IceCube Collaboration), submitted to Phys. Rev. Lett., arXiv:1304.5356 [astro-ph.HE] (2013).

Recent Honors

  • Hilldale Award 2013, University of Wisconsin.
  • Affiliated Distinguished Professor, Technical University Munich, Germany (2011).
  • 2006 International Helmholtz Award of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Germany.
  • Doctor of Philosophy Honoris Causa, Uppsala University, Sweden (2005)
  • "Best American Science Writing 2000" for the essay Antarctic Dreams, published in The Sciences, New York Academy of Sciences (1999).

Synergistic Activities

  • IceCube Principal Investigator
  • Service on advisory committees, including those for the SNO and Telescope Array experiments and the Max Planck Institutes in Heidelberg and Munich.
  • Physics in the Arts: a hands-on laboratory course for non-science majors covering acoustics and musical instruments, optics and color.
  • Numerous lectures reaching scientists, students and the general public.
  • Author of several articles for popular science magazines in the US and Europe.