Mainak Mukhopadhyay - Postdoctoral Scholar - Postdoc
Office: 320L Osmond Lab
Address: 104 Davey Laboratory University Park, PA 16802 US
Phone: --

Hello! I am a Postdoctoral scholar in the Physics department at Penn State. I completed my Ph.D. in theoretical physics at Arizona State University in 2022, with Cecilia Lunardini, where I worked on multi¬≠-messenger astronomy, neu¬≠trino physics, phenomenology of astrophysical neutrinos, and gravitational waves (GWs). During my Ph.D. I also worked on cosmology, field theory and topological defects with Tanmay Vachaspati. I completed my undergrad (Bachelor of Science - Physics (Honors)) at St. Stephen’s College, University of Delhi in 2018. My current research interests include investigation into multi-messenger aspects of astrophysical neutrino sources such as supernovae, gamma-ray bursts, tidal disruption events, and related physics beyond the Standard Model, including heavy dark matter. I am also interested in quantum fields in time- and space-dependent background. Please visit for links to my CV, other professional links, and details of my work.


  1. Mainak Mukhopadhyay, Tanmay Vachaspati, "Rolling classical scalar field in a linear potential coupled to a quantum field." Phys. Rev. D 100 9 (2019)
  2. Mainak Mukhopadhyay, Tanmay Vachaspati, George Zahariade, "Quantum Formation of Topological Defects." Phys. Rev. D 102 11 (2020)
  3. Mainak Mukhopadhyay, Cecilia Lunardini, F. Timmes, Kai Zuber, "Presupernova neutrinos: directional sensitivity and prospects for progenitor identification." Astrophys. J. 899 2 (2020)
  4. Mainak Mukhopadhyay, Tanmay Vachaspati, George Zahariade, "Emergence of classical structures from the quantum vacuum." Phys. Rev. D 102 5 (2020)
  5. Mainak Mukhopadhyay, Zidu Lin, Cecilia Lunardini, "Memory-triggered supernova neutrino detection." Phys. Rev. D 106 4 (2022)
  6. Mainak Mukhopadhyay, Evangelos Sfakianakis, Tanmay Vachaspati, George Zahariade, "Kink-antikink scattering in a quantum vacuum." JHEP 04 (2022)
  7. Mainak Mukhopadhyay, Carlos Cardona, Cecilia Lunardini, "The neutrino gravitational memory from a core collapse supernova: phenomenology and physics potential." JCAP 07 (2021)