Dark Matter Search with the LZ Experiment
LUX-ZEPLIN (LZ) is a project to build and operate a high-sensitivity dark matter experiment in the deep mine at SURF (South Dakota, USA) able to probe most of the WIMP parameter space region free from astrophysical neutrino background. The PPPA group at the University of Sheffield is involved in the LZ experiment with a prime responsibility for developing software for modeling and data analysis, simulating background radiation and detection of various particles. The construction phase has been started in 2015 and it is a good time for a PhD student to be involved in the project.
The PhD project includes Monte Carlo modelling of the LZ experiment including its background. Student will also be expected to contribute to the detector construction and tests of different parts, as well as to the measurement of radioactive contaminations in different materials. The successful candidate should have a good knowledge of particle physics and programming skills. The knowledge of nuclear physics and particle astrophysics is desirable.