Astroparticle Physics

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Astroparticle Physics

Lars Bergström

Lars Bergström has a long-standing interest in the dark matter problem, starting in the mid-80s with the first supersymmetric WIMP models. He has combined theory with proposing many methods of detection, like AMANDA for neutrino detection at the South Pole (superseded later by IceCube) and the Fermi space telescope for gamma rays. His background is in theoretical physics - he was a CERN Fellow, studying mainly rare decays of elementary particles. Lately, his interests are still focused on dark matter, where he has contributed to the DarkSUSY computer package. He is currently studying axion phenomenology as well as primordial black holes as dark matter, besides following new gamma-ray telescope projects like Gamma-400, DAMPE, and HERD.

Jan Conrad

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Joakim Edsjö

Joakim Edsjö works mainly on dark matter in the Universe, both theoretically and phenomenologically connecting dark matter models to experiments and their searches for dark matter. He is involved in several public computer codes, DarkSUSY, WimpSim and GAMBIT.

Alfredo Ferella

Alfredo Ferella’s main research interests span from Dark Matter - the direct detection of which has been the leitmotiv of my research activity so far -, underground and neutrino physics and all kinds of rare event searches involving low-background  techniques and ultra-pure detector media. Another important aspect of Alfredo's activity has always been detector development from photomultiplier tubes (PMTs) and new solid state photo-detectors (mainly silicon photo-multipliers), to liquid noble gases based detectors (especially liquid xenon), high purity germanium detectors (HPGe) and liquid scintillators.

Alfredo joined the Stockholm University in January 2015 and is a member of the XENON experiment.

Katherine Freese

Katherine Freese works on a wide range of topics in theoretical cosmology and astroparticle physics. She has been working to identify the dark matter and dark energy that permeate the universe as well as to build a successful model for the early universe immediately after the Big Bang. She is author of a book The Cosmic Cocktail: Three Parts Dark Matter, published in June 2014 by Princeton University Press.

Douglas Spolyar

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