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Physik-Institut The DAMIC experiment at UZH

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    DAMIC insertion

    The copper box hosting the CCDs, top lead shield and in-vacuum electronics being inserted in the copper vacuum vessel.

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    Detecting dark matter in CCD pixels

    How dark matter can be detected in a CCD

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    Protecting the detector from background radiation

    The innermost layer is made of ancient lead recovered from a sunken Spanish galleon and a Roman ship.

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    Reading out single electrons

    With unprecedented resolution and energy threshold, DAMIC-M CCDs have been demonstrated to detect single electrons.

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    Discoveries await !

    DAMIC-M will achieve the sensitivity to detect signatures of certain predictions of dark matter that have not before been detected.

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    Inserting the copper vacuum vessel into the lead shield.

    The detector is surrounded by an onion of layers of different shielding materials to keep everyday radiation away from the CCDs.

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    DAMIC-M logo

    Dark Matter in CCDs at Modane

The DAMIC experiment at UZH

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Read below about the puzzle of dark matter and how to detect it.  The DAMIC experiment uses CCD detectors as particle detectors to search for the blip of electric charged caused by dark matter interactions.

Puzzle of dark matter
Dark matter detection
CCD detectors


DAMIC-M experiment

DAMIC (Dark Matter in CCDs) is an experiment using CCD detectors to search for dark matter.  Click on the figures above for more information.

DAMIC-M (DAMIC in Modane) is the newest phase of the experiment, which will be operated under 1700 meters of rock at Le Laboratoire Souterrain de Modane. 

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Prof. Dr. Ben Kilminster

Universität Zürich 
Winterthurerstrasse 190 
CH-8057 Zurich 


Email: ben.kilminster(at)


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