Many of the fundamental processes powering our Universe can be explained to high precision by
the Standard Model (SM) of Particle Physics. However, the SM cannot be a complete description
of nature, as it completely fails to offer any explanation for several striking phenomena. Solutions
to such problems usually require the introduction of new particles, including unknown matter or
unknown force carriers, labelled as Beyond the SM (BSM) physics. In fact, as much as 95 percent
of the energy-matter content of the Universe is expected to be BSM. I specialize in the ubiquitous yet mysterious matter contribution to the Universe, dark matter, and its interplay with other BSM physics.

I enjoy identifying new ways that astrophysical systems might be impacted by the presence of new particles, such as dark matter. Celestial bodies are a playground for discovering new particle interactions!

You can find me on inSPIRE, arXiv, and Google Scholar.

I enjoy identifying new ways that astrophysical systems might be impacted by the presence of new particles, such as dark matter. Celestial bodies are a playground for discovering new particle interactions!

You can find me on inSPIRE, arXiv, and Google Scholar.

Publications(asterisk indicates alphabetically ordered author list) | |

22. |
First Analysis of Jupiter in Gamma Rays and a New Search for Dark Matter, R. K. Leane* and T. Linden, [arXiv: 2104.02068 [astro-ph.HE]]. Summary on Twitter |

21. |
Celestial-Body Focused Dark Matter Annihilation Throughout the Galaxy, R. K. Leane*, T. Linden, P. Mukhopadhyay, N. Toro, Accepted in PRD, [arXiv: 2101.12213 [astro-ph.HE]]. Summary on Twitter |

20. |
Exoplanets as New Sub-GeV Dark Matter Detectors, R. K. Leane* and J. Smirnov Accepted in PRL, [arXiv: 2010.00015 [hep-ph]]. Selected as PRL Editor's Suggestion Science Magazine ArticleQuanta Magazine ArticleSummary on Twitter |

19. |
Supernova Muons: New Constraints on Z' Bosons, Axions, and ALPs, D. Croon, G. Elor, R. K. Leane*, S. McDermott JHEP 01 (2021) 107, [arXiv: 2006.13942 [hep-ph]]. Summary on Twitter |

18. |
Indirect Detection of Dark Matter in the Galaxy, R. K. Leane MIT-CTP/5199 [arXiv: 2006.00513 [hep-ph]]. |

17. |
Spurious Point Source Signals in the Galactic Center Excess, R. K. Leane and T. R. Slatyer Phys. Rev. Lett. 125, 121105 (2020), [arXiv: 2002.12370 [astro-ph.HE]]. Summary on Twitter |

16. |
The Enigmatic Galactic Center Excess: Spurious Point Sources and Signal Mismodeling, R. K. Leane and T. R. Slatyer Phys. Rev. D 102, 063019 (2020), [arXiv: 2002.12371 [astro-ph.HE]]. Summary on Twitter |

15. |
A Systematic Study of Hidden Sector Dark Matter: Application to the Gamma-Ray and Antiproton Excesses, D. Hooper, R. K. Leane*, Y. Tsai, S. Wegsman, S. J. Witte JHEP 07 (2020) 163, [arXiv: 1912.08821 [hep-ph]]. |

14. |
Warming Nuclear Pasta with Dark Matter: Kinetic and Annihilation Heating of Neutron Star Crusts, J. Acevedo, J. Bramante, R. K. Leane*, N. Raj JCAP 03 (2020) 038, [arXiv: 1911.06334 [hep-ph]]. Summary on Twitter |

13. |
Dark Matter Strikes Back at the Galactic Center, R. K. Leane and T. R. Slatyer Phys. Rev. Lett. 123 (2019), 241101, [arXiv: 1904.08430 [astro-ph.HE]]. Selected as PRL Editor's Suggestion Quanta Magazine ArticleThe Boston Globe Newspaper ArticleMIT News ArticleKavli Foundation ArticleSummary on Twitter |

12. |
The Sun at GeV-TeV Energies: A New Laboratory for Astroparticle Physics, M. Un Nisa, J. F. Beacom, S. Y. BenZvi, R. K. Leane, T. Linden, K. C.Y. Ng, A. H.G. Peter, B. Zhou Astro2020 Science White Paper [arXiv:1903.06349 [astro-ph.HE]]. Quanta Magazine Article |

11. |
Constraints on Spin-Dependent Dark Matter Scattering with Long-Lived Mediators from TeV Observations of the Sun with HAWC, HAWC Collaboration and J. F. Beacom, R. K. Leane*, T. Linden, K. C.Y. Ng, A. Peter, B. Zhou, Phys. Rev. D 98 (2018), 123012 [arXiv: 1808.05624 [hep-ph]]. |

10. |
First HAWC Observations of the Sun Constrain Steady TeV Gamma-Ray Emission, HAWC Collaboration and J. F. Beacom, R. K. Leane*, T. Linden, K. C.Y. Ng, A. Peter, B. Zhou, Phys. Rev. D 98 (2018), 123011 [arXiv: 1808.05620 [astro-ph.HE]]. |

9. |
GeV-Scale Thermal WIMPs: Not Even Slightly Dead, R. K. Leane, T. R. Slatyer, J. F. Beacom, K. C.Y. Ng, Phys.Rev. D98 (2018) no.2, 023016 [arXiv: 1805.10305 [hep-ph]]. |

8. |
Enhancing Dark Matter Annihilation Rates with Dark Bremsstrahlung, N. F. Bell, Y. Cai, J. B. Dent, R. K. Leane*, T. J. Weiler Phys. Rev. D96 (2017) no. 2, 023011 [arXiv: 1705.01105 [hep-ph]]. |

7. |
Powerful Solar Signatures of Long-Lived Dark Mediators, R. K. Leane, K. C.Y. Ng, J. F. Beacom Phys. Rev. D95 (2017) no. 12, 123016 [arXiv: 1703.04629 [astro-ph.HE]]. |

6. |
Impact of Mass Generation for Simplified Dark Matter Models, N. F. Bell, Y. Cai, R. K. Leane* JCAP 01 (2017) 039 [arXiv: 1610.03063 [hep-ph]]. |

5. |
Dark Forces in the Sky: Signals from Z' and the Dark Higgs, N. F. Bell, Y. Cai, R. K. Leane* JCAP 08 (2016) 001 [arXiv: 1605.09382 [hep-ph]]. |

4. |
Mono-W Dark Matter Signals at the LHC: Simplified Model Analysis, N. F. Bell, Y. Cai, R. K. Leane* JCAP 01 (2016) 051 [arXiv: 1512.00476 [hep-ph]]. |

3. |
Dark matter at the LHC: Effective field theories and gauge invariance, N. F. Bell, Y. Cai, J. B. Dent, R. K. Leane*, T. J. Weiler Phys. Rev. D92, no. 5, 053008 (2015) [arXiv:1503.07874 [hep-ph]]. |

2. |
Leptophilic dark matter with Z' interactions, N. F. Bell, Y. Cai, R. K. Leane*, A. D. Medina Phys. Rev. D 90, no. 3, 035027 (2014) [arXiv:1407.3001 [hep-ph]]. |

1. |
Les Houches 2011: Physics at TeV Colliders New Physics Working Group Report, G. Brooijmans et al, (2012) [arXiv:1203.1488 [hep-ph]]. (Note: Contribution 1, “DLHA: Dark Matter Les Houches Agreement”, is heavily based on my bachelor thesis.) |

Theses
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Phenomenology of Particle Dark Matter, R. K. Leane, Ph.D. Thesis, School of Physics, University of Melbourne (2017). |

Postdoctoral Researcher in the Particle Theory Group at SLAC.

SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

Stanford University

2575 Sand Hill Road

Menlo Park, CA 94025, USA

@RKLeane

rleane@slac.stanford.edu

SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

Stanford University

2575 Sand Hill Road

Menlo Park, CA 94025, USA

@RKLeane

rleane@slac.stanford.edu