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Kohta Murase

Kohta Murase

Main Content

  • Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy & Astrophysics
  • Adjunct Associate Professor of Yukawa Institute for Theoretical Physics
321B Osmond Lab
University Park, PA 16802
Email: murase [ AT ] psu [ DOT ] edu
Phone: (814) 863-9594


  1. Kyoto University (Ph.D, Physics), 2010
  2. Kyoto University (M.S., Physics), 2007
  3. The University of Tokyo (B.S., Physics), 2005

Honors and Awards

  • 2019 34th Nishinomiya-Yukawa Memorial Prize
  • 2017 Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship, 2017-2021
  • 2015 Incentive Award of Cosmic Ray Physics from CRC Japan, 2016
  • 2015 Young Scientist Award of the Physical Society of Japan, 2016
  • 2014 Young Scientist Award of the Astronomical Society of Japan, 2015
  • 2012 Hubble Fellowship, 2012-2014 (Member of Institute for Advanced Study, 2012-2015)
  • CCAPP Senior Fellow, 2012
  • JSPS Postdoctoral Fellow for Research Abroad, 2010-2012
  • JSPS Doctoral Fellow, 2007-2010

Selected Publications

Full list of publications on INSPIRE-HEP; List of theory publications on ADS; Collaboration papers

  1. K. Murase, "New prospects for detecting high-energy neutrinos from nearby supernovae",  Phys. Rev. D Rapid Communications, 97, 081301 (2018).
  2. K. Fang and K. Murase, "Linking high-energy cosmic particles by black-hole jets embedded in large-scale structures", Nature Physics 14, 396 (2018).
    See our press release and News & Views in Nature Physics 
  3. T. Cohen, K. Murase, N. L. Rodd, B. R. Safdi, and Y. Soreq, "Gamma-Ray Constraints on Decaying Dark Matter and Implications for IceCube", Phys. Rev. Lett., 119, 021102 (2017).
  4. K. Murase and E. Waxman, "Constraining high-energy cosmic neutrino sources: Implications and prospects", Phys. Rev. D, 94, 103006 (2016).
  5. K. Murase, D. Guetta, and M. Ahlers, "Hidden Cosmic-Ray Accelerators as an Origin of TeV-PeV Cosmic Neutrinos", Phys. Rev. Lett., 116, 071101 (2016).
    See our press release
  6. K. Murase, R. Laha, S. Ando, and M. Ahlers, "Testing the Dark Matter Scenario for PeV Neutrinos Observed in IceCube", Phys. Rev. Lett., 115, 071301 (2015).
    Selected as an Editorial Suggestion 
  7. M. Bustamante, P. Baerwald, K. Murase, and W. Walter, "Neutrino and cosmic-ray emission from
    multiple internal shocks in gamma-ray bursts", Nature Communications, 6, 6783 (2015).
    See our press release
  8. K. Murase, Y. Inoue, and C. D. Dermer, "Diffuse neutrino intensity from the inner jets of active galactic nuclei: Impacts of external photon fields and the blazar sequence", Phys. Rev. D, 90, 023007 (2014).
  9. K. Murase, M. Ahlers, and B. C. Lacki, "Testing the hadronuclear origin of PeV neutrinos observed with IceCube", Phys. Rev. D Rapid Communications, 88, 121301 (2013).
  10. K. Kashiyama, K. Murase, and P. Meszaros, "Neutron-Proton-Converter Acceleration Mechanism at Subphotospheres of Relativistic Outflows", Phys. Rev. Lett., 111, 131103 (2013).
  11. K. Murase, K. Kashiyama, and P. Meszaros, "Subphotospheric Neutrinos from Gamma-Ray Bursts: The Role of Neutrons", Phys. Rev. Lett., 111, 131102 (2013).
  12. K. Murase and K. Ioka, "TeV-PeV Neutrinos from Low-Power Gamma-Ray Burst Jets inside Stars", Phys. Rev. Lett., 111, 121102 (2013).

Research Interests

Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology (neutrinos, gamma rays, cosmic rays, gravitational waves, and dark matter)
High-Energy Astrophysics (multi-messenger study of extreme astrophysical objects)

Research Group Members

Current Postdocs: B. Theodore Zhang, Ali Kheirandish
Current Graduate Students: Yu Jiang, Jose Carpio, Chengchao Yuan, Zhaowei Zhang
Past Postdocs: Ian Shoemaker (South Dakota), Foteini Oikonomou (TU Munchen), Shigeo Kimura (Tohoku U.)
Past Graduate Students: Nicholas Senno (w. Prof. Meszaros)
Past Undergraduate Students: Michael Toomey