PhD project: Direct detection of Dark Matter

Project description

Astronomical evidence strongly suggests that the baryonic matter (the neutrons, protons, electrons etc. of everyday material) contribute only about 5% of the mass of the Universe. The rest is composed of dark energy and dark matter. Direct detection of dark matter would allow this view to be confirmed, and provide a route to new fundamental particle physics. The Large Underground Xenon (LUX) project, based at the Homestake Mine in South Dakota, is the world's leading project in this highly exciting area, while its successor, LUX-ZEPLIN is one of the most ambitious. The group has responsibility for several aspects of each project, mainly with focus on simulation, data analysis and low background physics.

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