The LUX/LZ and LIGO groups at Penn State team up to celebrate Dark Matter Day! Physics students and postdocs host an information booth to explore the science of dark matter and the experiments looking for it!
DON’T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK! darkmatterday.com
(Thank you to Emily Grace, Ryan Magee, Jacob McLaughlin, Nick Fassino and Corey Herr for preparing the booth and teaching the students about dark matter!)
We will be hosting a small Dark Matter Day event at the HUB on October 31st, 2017! We will have an information booth at the lobby, to explore the science of dark matter and the experiments looking for it!
We will be hosting the Fall 2017 Collaboration Meeting for the Project 8 Experiment here at Penn State! The meeting will take place on October 30th – November 1st, followed by an analysis workshop on November 2nd-3rd.
Prof. Luiz de Viveiros is out on Fermilab for the LZ Technical Collaboration Meeting! The meeting is focused on technical reviews of the various subsystems for the LZ Dark Matter experiment, to make sure everything is on track for an early 2020 start date!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!