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Prof. Rafael Lang

Assistant Professor of Physics

rafael@purdue.edu
Office: Physics 253
Telephone: (765) 494-3048
Fax: (765) 494-0706

Diploma: Search for Point-Sources of High-Energy Neutrinos with the AMANDA Detector, DESY Zeuthen and Universität Ulm, 2005

Dissertation: Search for Dark Matter with the CRESST Experiment, Max-Planck-Institut für Physik and Technische Universität München, 2008

Postdoctoral research at Columbia University, New York, working on the XENON100 experiment, 2009-2011

Assistant Professor at Purdue University since 2011

Research Interests

What is the Universe made of? All we know today is that we don't know what most of the stuff in the Universe really is. We have names for it, calling it Dark Matter and Dark Energy, but we don't know its true Nature. Is Dark Matter made of a new particle species? And if so, what are its properties? How is it distributed? Can Dark Matter interact with us?

I build and run detectors that try to shed light on these issues, in particular utilizing liquid noble gases. I am a member of the XENON100 and XENON1T collaborations that use a liquid xenon target to search for rare Dark Matter interactions. In addition to these collaborative efforts, I operate dedicated R&D setups at my lab at Purdue to advance these technologies further.

Selected Publications

Have a look at this INSPIRE search, which does a pretty good job at keeping track of my publications.