Patrick I Draper

Patrick I Draper
Patrick I Draper

Primary Research Area

  • High Energy Physics
Assistant Professor
(217) 300-8203
435 Loomis Laboratory

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  • Ph.D., Physics, University of Chicago, 2011


Professor Draper received his PhD in Physics from The University of Chicago in 2011 following his BS from the University of Illinois in 2005. He held postdoctoral appointments at the University of California Santa Cruz and the University of California Santa Barbara and a faculty appointment at the University of Massachusetts Amherst before moving to the University of Illinois in 2018. He works on a variety of topics in theoretical high energy physics and early-universe cosmology.

Research Statement

Much of my research has been motivated by the electroweak hierarchy problem and the strong CP problem. I have worked on the physics of the Higgs boson, particularly in the context of supersymmetric solutions to the hierarchy problem; the cosmology of axion solutions to the strong CP problem and other axion-like dark matter candidates; and the experimental probes of other mechanisms that could address strong CP. I am also interested in more theoretical aspects of quantum field theory, particularly regarding nonperturbative phenomena in gauge theories, and in constraining effective field theories with ultraviolet consistency conditions.

Selected Articles in Journals

Recent Courses Taught

  • PHYS 211 - University Physics: Mechanics
  • PHYS 213 - Univ Physics: Thermal Physics
  • PHYS 214 - Univ Physics: Quantum Physics
  • PHYS 427 - Thermal & Statistical Physics
  • PHYS 508 - Mathematical Physics I

Semesters Ranked Excellent Teacher by Students

Spring 2021PHYS 214
Fall 2019PHYS 427