University of Minnesota
School of Physics & Astronomy

Physics and Astronomy Calendar

Monday, October 9th 2017
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Anthony Villano, UMN
Subject: The Sensitivity Frontier for Cryogenic Semiconductor Detectors

Cryogenic semiconductor particle detectors are undergoing revolutionary advancements that can greatly improve the reach of dark matter direct detection experiments. In order to fully realize the potential of these detector advancements, major challenges in ultra-low-energy calibration and device physics must be overcome. I will discuss techniques to use sub-keV energy deposits to bring the physics of detector response into sharper focus. Using the framework developed to study detector response at this level we will then muse about future devices with even more extraordinary capabilities.

Faculty Host: Priscilla Cushman

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