What is SuperCDMS?
The Cryogenic Dark Matter Search is a collaboration of 18 institutions from the U.S., Canada, and Spain. Our experiment, named SuperCDMS, is currently located in the Soudan Iron Mine in Soudan, MN. We go deep under the earth to shield ourselves from cosmic-ray radiation so that we can use our detector technology to "listen" for the passage of dark matter through the earth. Dark matter is currently believed to be a non-luminous form of matter which makes up 85% of the matter in the universe. Southern Methodist University is a member of the collaboration. Please find here more information about the experiment.
Opportunities at SMU
Prof. Jodi Cooley is the Principal Investigator for the SMU SCDMS group. She is a member of the CDMS, SuperCDMS, and GEODM collaborations, all of which employ solid-state cryogenic dark matter technology. SMU is involved in several key aspects of these current and future experiments, including: data analysis and analysis leadership, background characterization and rejection. Our group is also involved in the design of shielding for the next generation dark matter experiment that our collaboration is planning for deployment in the SNOLAB underground facility in Canada.
High School Teacher Summer Research Position
Applications are invited for a high school teacher researcher to spend 6 weeks during the summer of 2015 working with the SuperCDMS dark matter research group at Southern Methodist University (SMU). The existence of dark matter was first postulated nearly 80 years ago. However, it wasn’t until the last decade that the revolution in precision cosmology revealed conclusively that about a quarter of our universe consisted of dark matter.
The SuperCDMS collaboration operates an experiment located in the Soudan Underground Mine in northern Minnesota for the direct detection of dark matter. The experiment will contain 15 Ge cryogenic detectors, each fabricated with sensors to collect phonon and ionization signals from the interactions of WIMPs in the crystals.
The successful candidate will be stationed at SMU in Dallas, TX with the possibility to travel to the site of the experiment to participate in detector operations. Research possibilities include analysis of SuperCDMS data, simulations, and participation in measurements to further understand background particles using our XIA alpha particle counter named Peruna. Additional information about the research conducted in our laboratory can be found at http://www.physics.smu.edu/cooley/cdms.
The start and end dates of the position are negotiable. The successful candidate will receive a salary of $500 per week for up to 6 weeks of research.
Applications should include a CV or resume and a statement of physics interests. Please also arrange for 1-2 letters of recommendation to be sent to Professor Jodi Cooley. Application deadline is March 31, 2015. The position will remain open if not filled by then.
Professor Jodi Cooley
SMU - Physics Department
P.O. Box 0175
Dallas, TX 75275-0175
SMU is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. SMU will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability or veteran status.
- July, 2014:
SuperCDMS at SNOLAB is selected by the NSF and DOE as one of three dark matter experiments that will be supported in the next generation of the search for dark matter. Read more.
- February 2014: The SuperCDMS Collaboration release results from a low threshold analysis. See our preprint (arXiv:1402.7137)
- February 2014: Congratulations to graduate student Hang Qiu for winning first prize in physics at the SMU Research Fair for his poster on a design of a neutron veto for the next generation SuperCDMS at SNOLAB experiment.
- April 15, 2013: The CDMS collaboration releases preprints arxiv:1304.4279 and arxiv:1304.3706 with new results in the search for dark matter using the CDMS II silicon detectors.