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Kurt Hinterbichler

Portrait de Kurt Hinterbichler
Case Western Reserve University

Area of Research:
Email: kurt.hinterbichler@case.edu

Research Interests

My research encompasses theoretical aspects of effective field theories, modified gravity, extra dimensions/brane worlds, early universe cosmology and screening mechanisms.

One area I work on is massive gravity, the idea that the graviton may have a small mass. Massive gravity has seen a resurgence of interest in recent years, due to progress which has overcome traditional problems. It is a potential avenue for addressing important open questions such as the cosmological constant naturalness problem. Related to massive gravity are the galileons. The galileons are an interesting and novel class of effective field theories which have turned out to be extremely universal. They arise generically when describing the short-distance behavior of the new degrees of freedom introduced during the process of modifying gravity in the infrared, and they arise in describing the brane bending modes of brane worlds. The galileons possess a screening mechanism, called the Vainshtein mechanism, and many other interesting properties. I have been active in exploring formal aspects of massive gravity/galileon theories, in generalizing their nice properties to wider classes of theories, and on subjecting them to tests.

Another aspect of my research focuses on the early universe and inflation. I am interested particularly in the the consequences of non-linearly realized symmetries on inflationary observables. I am also interested in potential alternatives to inflation, such as the psuedo-conformal universe, or conformal scenario, which aim to provide a viable alternative scenario for the early universe rooted in symmetry.

Positions Held

  • Postdoc, Center for Particle Cosmology, University of Pennsylvania (2009-2012)

Recent Publications

  • Kurt Hinterbichler, Rachel Rosen, "A Note on Ghost-Free Matter Couplings in Massive Gravity and Multi-Gravity," Rhys. Rev. D 92, 024030 (2015), arXiv: 1503.06796 [hep-th]
  • James Bonifacio, Pedro G. Ferreira, Kurt Hinterbichler, "TDiff and Weyl Invariant Massive Spin-2: Linear Theory," Phys. Rev. D 91, 125008 (2015), arXiv: 1501.03159 [hep-th]
  • Kurt Hinterbichler, Austin Joyce, "A Hidden Symmetry of the Galileon," Phys. Rev. D 92, 023503 (2015), arXiv: 1501.07600 [hep-th]
  • James Bonifacio, Pedro G. Ferreira, Kurt Hinterbichler, TDiff and Weyl Invariant Massive Spin-2: Linear Theory, Phys. Rev. D 91, 125008 (2015), arXiv: 1501.03159
  • Garret Goon, Kurt Hinterbichler, Austin Joyce, Mark Trodden, "Einstein Gravity, Massive Gravity, Multi-Gravity and Nonlinear Realizations," JHEP 1507 (2015) 101, arXiv: 1412.6098 [hep-th]
  • Kurt Hinterbichler, "Manifest Duality Invariance for the Partially Massless Graviton," Phys. Rev. D 91, 026008 (2015), arXiv: 1409.3565 [hep-th]
  • Kurt Hinterbichler, James Stokes, Mark Trodden, "Holography for a Non-Inflationary Early Universe," JHEP 01 (2015) 090, arXiv: 1408.1955 [hep-th]
  • Garrett Goon, A. Emir Gumrukcuoglu, Kurt Hinterbichler, Shinji Mukohyama, Mark Trodden, "Galileons Coupled to Massive Gravity: General Analysis and Cosmological Solutions," JCAP 08 (2014) 008, arXiv: 1402.5424 [hep-th]
  • Kurt Hinterbichler, Austin Joyce, "Goldstones with Extended Shift Symmetries," Int. J. Mod. Phys. D Vol. 23, No. 10 (2014) 1443001, arXiv: 1404.4047 [hep-th]
  • Kurt Hinterbichler, Janna Levin, Claire Zukowski, "Kaluza-Klein Towers on General Manifolds," Phys. Rev. D89 (2014) 086007, arXiv: 1310.6353 [hep-th]
  • Gregory Gabadadze, Kurt Hinterbichler, David Pirtskhalava, Yanwen Shang, "On the Potential for General Relativity and its Geometry," Phys. Rev. D88 (2013) 084003, arXiv: 1307.2245 [hep-th]
  • Melinda Andrews, Kurt Hinterbichler, James Stokes, Mark Trodden, "Cosmological perturbations of massive gravity coupled to DBI Galileons," Class. Quantum Grav. 30 184006 (2013), arXiv: 1306.5743 [hep-th]
  • Kurt Hinterbichler, Lam Hui, Justin Khoury, "An Infinite Set of Ward Identities for Adiabatic Modes in Cosmology," JCAP 01 (2014) 039, arXiv: 1304.5527 [hep-th]
  • A. Emir Gumrukcuoglu, Kurt Hinterbichler, Chunshan Lin, Shinji Mukohyama, Mark Trodden, "Cosmological Perturbations in Extended Massive Gravity," Phys. Rev. D 88, 024023 (2013), arXiv: 1304.0449 [hep-th]
  • Kurt Hinterbichler, "Ghost-Free Derivative Interactions for a Massive Graviton," JHEP 10 (2013) 102, arXiv: 1305.7227 [hep-th]
  • Melinda Andrews, Garrett Goon, Kurt Hinterbichler, James Stokes, Mark Trodden, "Massive gravity coupled to DBI Galileons is ghost free," Phys. Rev. Lett. 111, 061107 (2013), arXiv: 1303.1177 [hep-th]
  • Claudia de Rham, Kurt Hinterbichler, Rachel Rosen, Andrew Tolley, "Evidence for and Obstructions to Non-Linear Partially Massless Gravity," Phys. Rev. D 88, 024003 (2013), arXiv: 1302.0025 [hep-th]
  • Kurt Hinterbichler, James Stokes, Mark Trodden, "Cosmologies of Extended Massive Gravity," Phys. Lett. B725 (2013), issues 1-3, pgs. 1-5, arXiv: 1301.4993 [astro-ph]
  • Kurt Hinterbichler, Justin Khoury, Horatiu Nastase, Rogerio Rosenfeld, "Chameleonic Inflation," JHEP 08 (2013) 053, arXiv: 1301.6756 [hep-th]
  • Kurt Hinterbichler, Austin Joyce, Justin Khoury, Godfrey E.J. Miller, "DBI Genesis: An Improved Violation of the Null Energy Condition," Phys. Rev. Lett. 110, 241303 (2013), arXiv: 1212.3607 [hep-th]
  • Paolo Creminelli, Kurt Hinterbichler, Justin Khoury, Alberto Nicolis, Enrico Trincherini, "Subluminal Galileon Genesis," JHEP 1302 (2013) 006, arXiv: 1209.3768 [hep-th]
  • Kurt Hinterbichler, Austin Joyce, Justin Khoury, Godfrey E.J. Miller, "DBI Realizations of the Pseudo-Conformal Universe and Galilean Genesis Scenarios," JCAP 12 (2012) 030, arXiv: 1209.5742 [hep-th]
  • Kurt Hinterbichler, Mehdi Saravani, "A Stueckelberg Approach to Quadratic Curvature Gravity and its Decoupling Limits," arXiv: 1508.02401 [hep-th]
  • Kurt Hinterbichler, Rachel Rosen, "Partially Massless Monopoles and Charges," arXiv: 1507.00355 [hep-th]
  • Kurt Hinterbichler, James Stokes, Mark Trodden, "Holographic CFTs on Maximally Symmetric Spaces: Correlators, Integral Transforms and Applications," arXiv: 1505.05513 [hep-th]


  • Teilchentee seminar, Institute for Theoretical Physics, Heidelberg University, Germany, July 9, 2015
  • "PPC2015" Particle Physics and Cosmology conference, Deadwood, South Dakota, July 2, 2015
  • Imperial College London, seminar, May 13, 2015
  • University of Toronto, high energy theory seminar, April 6, 2015
  • ISCAP seminar, Columbia University, New York, NY, March 5, 2015
  • "Miami 2014" topical conference on elementary particles, astrophysics, and cosmology, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, Dec. 17, 2014
  • CITA, University of Toronto, Cosmology Workshop, Dec. 12, 2014
  • Oxford University, Theory Seminar, Oxford, UK, July 8, 2014
  • "Cosmological Frontiers in Fundamental Physics 2014," APC Université Paris Diderot-Paris 7, Paris, France, June 11, 2014
  • Oxford University, Theory Seminar, Oxford, UK, July 8, 2014
  • University of Nottingham, Theory Seminar, Nottingham, UK, July 11, 2014
  • University of Nottingham, Theory Seminar, Nottingham, UK, July 11, 2014
  • McGill University, Theory Seminar, Montreal, Canada, April 16, 2014
  • International Research Program workshop, "The Particle Physics and Cosmology of Supersymmetry and String Theory," New York, New York, March 22, 2014
  • "Meeting on the Horizon" conference, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso, Valparaíso, Chile, March 12, 2014
  • Colloquium, Virginia Tech, February 24, 2014
  • Colloquium, University of Chicago, January 9, 2014
  • KICP, University of Chicago, seminar, November 8, 2013
  • Colloquium, York University, October 28, 2013
  • Arizona State University, cosmology seminar, September 25, 2013
  • "Convergence: Dark Side of Gravity" workshop, Perimeter Institute, June 25, 2015
  • PIRSA:15040097, Welcome and Opening Remarks, 2015-04-09, Superluminality in Effective Field Theories for Cosmology
  • PIRSA:15030132, Kurt Hinterbichler's fourth massive gravity lecture , 2015-03-27, Superluminality in Effective Field Theories for Cosmology
  • PIRSA:15030107, Galileons and their generalizations, 2015-03-25, Colloquium
  • PIRSA:15030131, Kurt Hinterbichler's third massive gravity lecture, 2015-03-23, Colloquium
  • PIRSA:15030130, Kurt Hinterbichler's second massive gravity lecture , 2015-03-20, Colloquium
  • PIRSA:15020037, Cosmology Review-14, 2015-02-12, Cosmology Review
  • PIRSA:15020036, Cosmology Review-13, 2015-02-11, Cosmology Review
  • PIRSA:15020035, Cosmology Review-12, 2015-02-10, Cosmology Review
  • PIRSA:15020034, Cosmology Review-11, 2015-02-09, Cosmology Review
  • PIRSA:15020031, Cosmology Review-10, 2015-02-06, Cosmology Review
  • PIRSA:15020030, Cosmology Review-9, 2015-02-05, Cosmology Review
  • PIRSA:15020029, Cosmology Review-8, 2015-02-04, Cosmology Review
  • PIRSA:13120005, Partially Massless Gravity, 2013-12-11, Colloquium