DAMARA – Dark Matter Analysis, Research and Applications

February 20, 2013

Astroparticle physics is one of the most interesting research areas today, linking phenomena from the macro and the micro scale – from distances much smaller than atoms to billion light years in the universe.

On top of that, current research may be just on the verge of discovering the secrets of
dark matter. Such a significant breakthrough is expected to provide fundamental new insight on the constituents of the universe and it will have important impact on many research areas beyond its own.

We in Bergen are very pleased to be given the opportunity by the Bergen Research Foundation to be active in this area of physics research. Our group will focus on linking existing experience in experimental particle physics, particle phenomenology, detector development and theoretical astrophysics.

The groups scientific goal is to participate in discoveries of dark matter particles, contribute to model building and testing and to research current and future dark matter detectors and detection methods. This work will be covered by the following workpackages:

• LHC study of dark matter candidates
• Astroparticle physics study of dark matter candidates
• Particle detector upgrade for dark matter detection
• Research of new applications for particle and astroparticle detectors

The Project Leader, Heidi Sandaker, has a PhD from the University of Oslo and has since been fellow at CERN and a postdoctor at the University of Bergen. The group consists also of two doctoral students, one postdoctor as well as master students, recruited world-wide from both particle, astroparticle and astrophysics research areas. Together with the existing group of subatomic physics this gives UiB a strong and dynamic group in this field of research.

Name: Heidi Sandaker
Age: 35 years
PhD: PhD in Experimental Particle Physics, 2005, UiO og CERN
Citizenship: Norwegian
Department: Institute of Physics and Technology
Grant from BFS: 8.000.000 NOK
Additional funding 8.000.000 NOK
Start/ finish: 2010-2014
Web: Link about project

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