Underpinning the observations is the theory and simulations of dark matter
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.
What makes us think we need dark matter?
With a background in theoretical and computational physics, and a strong interest in examining the experimental bounds of dark matter candidate particles, Professor Williams will be the Centre’s Deputy Director.
With an international reputation in theoretical particle and astroparticle physics, Associate Professor Bell has considerable experience in dark matter investigations via collider physics, and indirect dark matter detection methods. She will lead the Centre’s Theory programme.
An astroparticle physicist, Professor Bœhm's work within the Centre will focus on modelling, data analysis and the interpretation of possible signals.
Dr. Matthew Dolan is an esteemed and leading particle theorist, and will help forge the Centre’s aim to provide a solid link between theoretical and experimental aspects of the search for dark matter.
With considerable experience in computational astrophysics, Associate Professor Alan Duffy is involved in the Centre’s efforts in direct detection, theory, and its outreach and media activities.
An internationally recognised leader in quantum many-body approaches to describe low-energy nuclear dynamics, Professor Cedric Simenel will work closely with Centre experimentalists in examining the interaction between dark matter particles and atomic nuclei.
Professor Thomas has extensive experience in both nuclear and particle theory, with significant publications related to the detection of dark matter.
Professor Volkas is a theoretical particle physicist, who will contribute to the the synergy between theory and experiment in the development of new models beyond the Standard Model of particle physics.
Associate Professor Gianfranco Bertone is an internationally renowned theoretical physicist working at the interface between particle physics, astrophysics and cosmology.