Full house

Three undergraduate students from right here at Penn State have joined our group for the Summer 2017 REU (Corey, Jacob and Nick). With the 2 postdocs that have also recently joined us (Tim and Emily), we have a full house in our lab at Davey 012!

The Dark Matter and Neutrino Mass Group at Penn State: Jacob, Corey, Emily, Carmen, Luiz, Tim and Nick

New Postdoc: Emily Grace

Dr. Emily Grace has joined the Dark Matter and Neutrino Mass group at Penn State on July 17th, 2017. Dr. Grace will be working on the LUX and LZ Dark Matter experiments. An specialist on detector hardware design and development, and experience on liquid noble detectors, she will working on the design of test systems and the commissioning of LZ, a next generation detector that will push the search for weakly-interacting dark matter particles to unprecedented sensitivity. Welcome to to Penn State, Emily!

LUX Analysis Workshop at Penn State

Prof. Carmen Carmona hosted the LUX Analysis Workshop from June 5 to 9 at Penn State, a week-long event in which >30 physicists from several institutions in the LUX Dark Matter Experiment met at Penn State (with a few more calling in) to discuss the status, plans and techniques for the analysis of LUX data. The workshop focused on training new students and engaging current collaboration members to push forward the analysis of LUX data following the end of the experiment in late 2016. We hope the event was fruitful and fun, and that all visitors enjoyed their stay at Penn State!

New Postdoc: Tim Wendler

Dr. Timothy Wendler has joined the Dark Matter and Neutrino Mass group at Penn State on June 1st, 2017. Dr. Wendler will be working on the Project 8 experiment, which has developed the technique of Cyclotron Radiation Emission Spectroscopy to measure the endpoint energy of Tritium beta decays, and use it to determine the mass of the neutrino. With a background in designing and operating of RF hardware for multi-band RADAR systems at NAVAIR, Dr. Wendler will be focusing on the design of the electronics and signal reconstruction techniques for the next phase of the experiments, which seeks to build a large version of the Project 8 prototype and demonstrate the scalability of the technique. Welcome to Project 8 and to Penn State, Tim!

Project 8 Collaboration Meeting at MIT

Prof. Luiz de Viveiros at the Project 8 Collaboration Meeting at MIT, March 20, 2017.

The Project 8 collaboration gathers at MIT to discuss previous results and future plans, in preparation for the start of our first Tritium run, expected to happen by this Summer. This will be the first use in Tritium of the Cyclotron Radiation Emission Spectroscopy (CRES) technique pioneered by Project 8, and is expected to deliver groundbreaking results for future measurements of the neutrino mass!

LZ on Penn State News!

“Assistant Professor of Physics Luiz de Viveiros and the LUX detector inside the water tank just before it was filled with 72,000 gallons of ultra-purified water, which helps to shield it from cosmic rays and other radiation that would interfere with a dark matter signal. LUX was removed in 2016, and the tank will be used to house the LUX-ZEPLIN detector.”

Our press release got published on the Penn State News!

This is a note about LZ being given CD3 approval by the Department of Energy (DOE). This is of special importance because it indicates approval of the final design and formally launches construction of the experiment!