Burt Ovrut
 Professor, University of Pennsylvania, (1990 present)
 Associate Professor, University of Pennsylvania (19851990)
 Assistant Professor, The Rockefeller University (19831985)
 Member, The Institute for Advanced Study (19801983)
 Research Associate, Brandeis University (19781980)
Ph.D., University of Chicago (1978)
I am a high energy particle physicist with strong interests in cosmology. My early research involved the introduction of supersymmetry and supergravity into particle physics theories. Some of my key contributions were the introduction of Wilson lines in string vacua to break gauge symmetry to the standard model, a fivedimensional superspace called heterotic Mtheory that serves as a string vacuum for realistic models of particle physics and the development of algebraic geometric methods necessary for the construction of gauge connections and explicit evaluation of the low energy spectrum. Within this context, I constructed heterotic vacua with exactly the particle spectrum of the minimal supersymmetric standard model with righthanded neutrinos. These theories were applied to cosmology, where a new theory of the early universe– ekpyrotic cosmology –was introduced based on colliding branes. More recently, I have given detailed renormlization group analyses of realistic superstring particle theories, studying phase transitions in the gauge group and explored their low energy predictions for the LHC. Within this context I has also consider aspects of latetime cosmology, including gauge domain walls, dark matter and baryogenesis.
 On the FourDimensional Effective Action of Strongly Coupled Heterotic String Theory. Andre Lukas, Burt A. Ovrut, Daniel Waldram. Nucl.Phys. B532 (1998) 4382. hepth/9710208
 The Universe as a Domain Wall. Andre Lukas, Burt A. Ovrut, K.S. Stelle, Daniel Waldram. Phys.Rev. D59 (1999) 086001. hepth/9803235
 Heterotic Mtheory in Five Dimensions. Andre Lukas, Burt A. Ovrut, K. S. Stelle, Daniel Waldram. Nucl.Phys. B552 (1999) 246290. hepth/9806051
 Standard Models from Heterotic Mtheory. Ron Donagi (UPenn), Burt A. Ovrut (UPenn), Tony Pantev (UPenn), Daniel Waldram (Princeton University and CERN). Adv.Theor.Math.Phys. 5 (2002) 93137. hepth/9912208
 Cosmology and Heterotic MTheory in FiveDimensions. Andre Lukas, Burt A. Ovrut, Daniel Waldram. UPR825T, OUTP9885P. hepth/9812052
 Boundary Inflation. Andre Lukas, Burt A. Ovrut, Daniel Waldram. Phys.Rev. D61 (2000) 023506. hepth/9902071
 The Ekpyrotic Universe: Colliding Branes and the Origin of the Hot Big Bang. Justin Khoury, Burt A. Ovrut, Paul J. Steinhardt, Neil Turok. Phys.Rev. D64 (2001) 123522. hepth/0103239
 Visible Branes with Negative Tension in Heterotic MTheory. Ron Y. Donagi, Justin Khoury, Burt A. Ovrut, Paul J. Steinhardt, Neil Turok. JHEP 0111 (2001) 041. , hepth/0105199
 From Big Crunch to Big Bang. Justin Khoury, Burt A. Ovrut, Nathan Seiberg, Paul J. Steinhardt, Neil Turok. Phys.Rev. D65 (2002) 086007. hepth/0108187
 NonPerturbative Vacua and Particle Physics in MTheory. Ron Donagi, Andre Lukas, Burt A. Ovrut, Daniel Waldram. JHEP 9905 (1999) 018. hepth/9811168
Phys 601: Intro to Field Theory
Phys 632: Relativistic Quantum Field Theory
Events

Dissertation Defense: "High Redshift Galaxies as Probes of the Epoch of Reionization"
August 29, 2016  1:30 pm
Jessie Taylor, UPenn
David Rittenhouse Laboratory, 3W2

Postponed Physics & Astronomy Exam
August 30, 2016  6:00 pm
TBA

Primakoff Lecture: TBA
October 13, 2016  4:00 pm
Rolf Heuer (CERN) Hosted by Joe Kroll
David Rittenhouse Laboratory, TBA