Hazard Professor of Physics


Prof. Gaitskell 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 2017+.

    He joined the Brown faculty in 2001. 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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