Laboratory searches for the origin of dark matter

Victor Flambaum attains GRC-Fellowship with the Helmholtz-Institute Mainz
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The Gutenberg Research College (GRC) of Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) is designed to sharpen the research profile of JGU and its faculties by attracting excellent scientists to carry out their research in Mainz.

In this context, Prof. Victor Flambaum, Head of the Department of Theoretical Physics of the University of New South Wales, Australia, is granted a fellowship for three years and will establish a small research group in Mainz
Prof. Dmitry Budker, leader of the HIM „Matter-AntiMatter asymmetry“ (MAM) Section, recommended Professor Flambaum’ s expertise to  the GRC: „Victor Flambaum is one of the brightest stars in theoretical physics today and one of the rare theorists closely connected to experiments.“

During the three years of his fellowship he will establish a local research group at Mainz dealing with

  • Theoretical support of table-top parity-violation experiments
  • Designing experiments to look for manifestations of Dark Matter.
  • Theoretical guidance for accelerator-based experiments

Thereby he will enrich many existing JGU initiatives (e.g. Mainz Microtron (MAMI), MESA, the QUANTUM group) and will significantly strengthen nuclear and particle physics at JGU.
Prof. Budker expects a catalytic effect in stimulating new experimental and theoretical work during Flambaum’s fellowship.
Victor Flambaum will be spending approximately three months per year at JGU and will be supported by two PhD-students and a HIM MAM-postdoc. He will first be arriving in May 2016 and will be located in the new HIM-building on Staudingerweg.

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