Main Research Projects

  • Micro-X: The High Resolution Microcalorimeter X-ray Imaging Rocket

    We are the PI institution for Micro-X, a sounding rocket payload consisting of an X-ray telescope with an effective area of 200 cm^2 focusing X-rays onto an array of 128 superconducting Transition-Edge Sensors (TES). The exquisite energy resolution of these detectors (a resolving power of 1000 at 2 keV) will allow us to study bright, extended X-ray astrophysical sources with unprecedented detail. Our first target is the Puppis A supernova remnant.
  • Cryogenic Dark Matter Search

    Over the last decade we have been able to prove through experiment that 96% of the Universe is made of invisible matter and fields of which we know very little about. 25% of our Universe is made up of an as-of-yet undiscovered substance called "Dark Matter". We are members of the Cryogenic Dark Matter Search (CDMS) experiment seeking to directly detect dark matter using cryogenic detectors.
  • Neutrino Physics

    We are exploring applications of our dark matter and X-ray detectors for neutrino physics. The detectors we are developing for dark matter are well suited to study neutrinos through coherent neutrino-nucleus scattering (CNS), a well predicted but never seen standard model interaction. Our new SuperCDMS SNOLAB experiment will be the first experiment to detect neutrinos from the Sun through CNS. We are studying ways to search for sterile neutrinos and other beyond-the-standard-model physics using our dark matter experiments and with future dedicated neutrino experiments.