Professor Gaitskell leads a research team hunting for direct evidence of particle dark matter, one of physics' greatest unclaimed prizes. His group is working on an experiment that has a detector located in the underground laboratories in the Sanford Lab, South Dakota, (LUX Experiment). The LUX experiment which started running in 2013 is the world's most sensitive dark matter detector.
Prof. Gaitskell joined the Brown faculty in 2001. He is the head of the Particle Astrophysics Group which is part of the Cosmology and Astrophysics Program at Brown. The Particle Astrophysics Group is currently a leading institution on the LUX (Large Underground Xenon dark matter experiment) which was constructed 2010-2012, and is now searching (2013-2015) for the direct interaction of Particle Dark Matter using the Sanford underground lab in the Black Hills of South Dakota. Prof Gaitskell is a PI and Co-spokesperson of LUX. He was also the first spokesperson for LUX-ZEPLIN Collaboration, and experiment which is planned to follow LUX in 2016+. During the period 2001-2007 the Brown Particle Astrophysics Group were a lead collaborator in the CDMS II (Cryogenic Dark Matter Search) and XENON10 Experiments. Prior to coming to Brown, Prof. Gaitskell held positions as a Faculty Senior Lecturer in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, University College London, UK; he was a Fellow at the Center for Particle Astrophysics in UC Berkeley, CA; a Visiting Scholar at Stanford University, CA; and a Prize Fellow at Magdalen College, Oxford, and the Dept. of Physics, Oxford University, UK. His thesis (in dark matter detection) and undergraduate BSc/MA degree are from Oxford University, UK.
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