University of Minnesota
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Gina Ristani

PAN 43 (lab)
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Summary of Interests
Cosmology, particle physics and detection methods, cryogenics. [Research Web Page]

About My Work

I am currently working with the UMN Cryogenic Dark Matter Search to research lightly ionizing particles, LIPs. CDMS employs germanium and silicon crystal detectors to perform direct searches for a leading candidate for dark matter called Weakly Interacting Massive Particles (WIMPs). The low detection threshold of the CDMS detectors also allows the search for fractional electromagnetic-charged particles, or Lightly Ionizing Particles (LIPs), moving at relativistic speeds. Even in the case that no candidate LIP events are observed, the exclusion of new parameter space for certain fractional charge ranges can be achieved.