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Prestigious ERC consilidator grant awarded to Caterina Doglioni

Caterina Doglioni. Phot by Lena Björk Blixt
Caterina Doglioni. Phot by Lena Björk Blixt

What is all the dark matter in the universe made of? Could it be connected to new particles that can be produced at the Large Hadron Collider? Caterina Doglioni, assistant senior lecturer in particle physics, will search for new particles beyond the known fundamental components of matter with the ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC).

Caterina Doglioni is receiving around SEK 20 million from the European Research Council, to build up a research team over five years. The aim is to look for new particles that could offer clues about the mysterious dark matter that constitutes 85 percent of matter in the universe ­­– something which has baffled the world of research for many years.

Her focus is to help catch all signs of this dark matter that are buried in the extremely large amount of data produced by the LHC.

With her team, she will develop novel real-time data collection techniques to make the most of the upcoming LHC data taking period, starting in less than a year. Her project will employ the datasets recorded with these techniques to constrain or discover classes of dark matter models.

- The results and tools necessary for this research, in terms of open data, results and software will be shared with the theory community and other complementary astrophysics experiments and experiments beyond those at particle-colliders, including the ones with Lund involvement (the Light Dark Matter eXperiment LDMX, as well as the proposed NNBar/HIBEAM experiments at the ESS), so that together we can pave the way to discover and characterise dark matter in the coming decades, says Caterina Doglioni.

Learn more about the European Research Counil Consilidator Grant on the ERC web site