NUDATA06 Confronting dark matter models with observation: Fuzzy Dark Matter and CDM in light of new data

   Faculty of Science, Agriculture and Engineering

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  Dr G Rigopoulos, Prof NP Proukakis  No more applications being accepted  Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

Overview of the CDT

This project is being offered as part of the STFC Centre for Doctoral Training in Data Intensive Science, called NUdata, which is a collaboration between Northumbria and Newcastle Universities, STFC, and a portfolio of over 40 industrial partners, including SMEs, large/multinational companies, Government and not-for profit organisations, and international humanitarian organisations. Please visit for full information.


Cosmology is entering a new golden era, driven by increasingly precise and abundant data on the clustering of galaxies across the visible universe provided by an array of new observatories such as Euclid. As a more detailed picture of cosmic structure emerges, the extremely successful paradigm of Cold Dark Matter (CDM) has come under increasing scrutiny and alternative dark matter models are being investigated. One of these, known as Fuzzy Dark Matter, is based on modelling dark matter as a cosmological superfluid [1]. The truth may lie in hybridization of these two models [2].

This project will perform high end, non-linear simulations of a Hybrid model which combines FDM and CDM and has a richer phenomenology than either model alone [3]. This makes simulations computationally challenging, especially when both high resolution and grids large enough to encompass cosmological volumes are targeted. The ultimate aim is to use the rich data from such simulations to constrain the physical parameters of the model to an unprecedented precision, confronting the results with the ever expanding set of galaxy surveys.   

Recruitment Event

You will join a strong and supportive research team. To help better understand the aims of the CDT and to meet the PhD supervisors, we are hosting a day-long event on campus on Monday 15th January 2024. At that event, there will be an opportunity to discuss your research ideas, meet potential PhD supervisors, as well as hear from speakers from a variety of backgrounds (academia, industry, government, charity) discussing both STFC and data science as well as their personal paths and backgrounds. Travel and accommodation (if needed) will be covered, but funds are limited, so please register early.  Click for details

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Physics (29)


[1] I-K. Liu, N.P. Proukakis and G. Rigopoulos, Mon.Not.Roy.Astron.Soc. 521 (2023) 3, 3625-3647
[2] N.P. Proukakis, G. Rigopoulos and A. Soto, Phys.Rev.D 108 (2023) 8, 083513
[3] N.P. Proukakis, G. Rigopoulos and A. Soto, e-Print: 2311.05280 [astro-ph.CO]
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