Neutrino and Dark Matter Physics


The Neutrino and Dark Matter Group at MIT is more than just about neutrinos, or dark matter. The consortium of four faculty members (Conrad, Formaggio, Perez and Winslow) are focused on understanding the properties of some of the most elusive particles in the Universe, both to strengthen our understanding of the Standard Model and to push its boundaries. The group is involved in understanding questions regarding the scale and nature neutrino mass and the origins of the matter/anti-matter asymmetry in the universe. It is involved in particles from terrestrial sources and from the cosmos. Their means and methods involve instruments that hover above the atmosphere and that live many miles below the Earth’s surface. They range in size from complete ice sheaths to detectors that fit in the palm of your hand.

To find out more, check out the following links:

right arrow The Conrad Research Group
       (MiniBooNE and MicroBooNE, IceCUBE, IsoDAR and DAEδALUS)
right arrow The Formaggio Group
       (KATRIN, Project 8, Ricochet)
right arrow The Perez Group
       (GAPS, NuSTAR, IAXO)
right arrow The Winslow Group
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CUORE cryostat, in Gran Sasso, Italy

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Not your Standard Model physicist

Professor Janet Conrad is on a quest to find the elusive “ghost” particle—and turn physics on its head.

Janet Conrad

October 23, 2018

Four Honored with School of Science Teaching Prizes

Moitra, O’Gorman, Perez, and Minicozzi were nominated by students and colleagues for demonstrating excellence in instruction.

SoS Teaching Prize Winners

August 20, 2018

Paying it Forward: Fellowship Boosts Women in Physics

Four students are first beneficiaries of grant program established by Assistant Professor Lindley Winslow with support from the Heising-Simons Foundation.

Recipients of a grant from the Heising-Simons Foundation

August 2, 2018

New Study Again Proves Einstein Right

Most thorough test to date finds no Lorentz violation in high-energy neutrinos.

IceCube Lab

July 16, 2018

3Q: Janet Conrad on the First Detection of a Neutrino’s Cosmic Source

The “ghostly particle” is confirmed to have originated from a blazar, nearly 4 billion light years from Earth.

Illustration of neutrino interacting with molecule

July 13, 2018

3 Questions: Pinning Down a Neutrino’s Mass

KATRIN experiment investigates the ghostly particle.

KATRIN Detector

June 8, 2018

Scientists Report First Results from CUORE Neutrino Experiment

Data could shed light on why the universe has more matter than antimatter.

Bottom view of the 19 CUORE towers installed in the cryostat

March 26, 2018