The ARC Centre of Excellence for Dark Matter Particle Physics represents the co-operation of physicists from across Australia, in partnership with key international researchers and institutions, to pursue the discovery and understanding of the nature of Dark Matter.
The Centre is pleased to announce that $35m of Australian Research Council (ARC) funding has been obtained, under the ARC’s Centre of Excellence program (please see here for more information).
This is a major boost to Australia’s capacity in the area of Dark Matter research, and provides a solid foundation for consolidating our capabilities and expertise, not only in theoretical and experimental topics immediately connected to the investigation of Dark Matter, but also in many related scientific, medical and engineering topics.
The Centre will construct and operate state-of-the-art dark matter direct detection experiments in Australia, at the Stawell Underground Physics Laboratory (SUPL) and at the University of Western Australia (UWA), and play an important role in international experiments. It will contribute to the design of completely new detection technologies to enable even greater sensitivity, via a robust Research &Development program in collaboration with the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) and the Defence Science and Technology Group (DSTG).
The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) searches for dark matter production will extend the Centre’s experimental reach to dark matter masses and interactions for which direct detection experiments have less sensitivity.
Through the expertise of the Australian National University (ANU) and ANSTO in techniques of Accelerator Mass Spectrometry (AMS), and ANSTO’s experience in precision gamma-ray spectroscopy, we can develop ultra-sensitive radioactivity measurement techniques. Experts at UWA will develop the ultra-precise measurements of frequency and other quantities needed for sub-eV dark matter searches.
We will develop the theoretical framework for incorporating results from Direct Detection and Large Hadron Collider searches into a new fundamental theory of Nature, that will extend the Standard Model of particle physics. The theory program will inform and help interpret the experimental results, drive future searches and foster strong particle-astrophysics links.
Partner organisations range from universities across Australia to international institutions and research agencies. There are also strong commercial and R&D ties with multinational companies that are not listed here.