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CYGNUS - Global Search for Dark Matter Particles with Directionality


Department of Physics and Astronomy

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About the Project

Sheffield is a key player in the world-leading dark matter experiment CYGNUS that is seeking a unique directional signal for Weakly Interacting Massive Particles (WIMPs), the favoured candidate to explain the missing dark matter of the Universe. CYGNUS involves the merging of multiple groups around the world to form a new collaboration that aims to produce a network of directional detectors with capability eventually to reach below the so-called neutrino floor and to provide a definitive signal to prove that WIMPs exist in the galaxy. The thesis project will focus on development of new detector R&D using optical and gas charge readout technology for CYGNUS plus operation of the working DRIFT II directional experiments, including analysis to search for dark matter candidates and development of new techniques for track reconstruction. DRIFT is sited at the UK’s new deep underground laboratory at Boulby. Collaborating countries in CYGNUS include China, Australia, USA, Italy and Japan. For CYGNUS there will be opportunity participate in tests with new devices at Boulby and sites across these countries.

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As a PhD student in one of the science departments at the University of Sheffield, you’ll be part of the Science Graduate School – a community of postgraduate researchers working across biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics and psychology. You’ll get access to training opportunities designed to support your career development by helping you gain professional skills that are essential in all areas of science. You’ll be able to learn how to recognise good research and research behaviour, improve your communication abilities and experience technologies that are used in academia, industry and many related careers. Visit www.sheffield.ac.uk/sgs to learn more.
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