Professor Privitera receives Major Grant for DAMIC

Paolo Privitera has been awarded a $4M Advanced Grant by the European Research Council to search for light dark matter particles with DAMIC.  The DArk Matter In CCDs experiment is designed to detect the tiny signals produced by the interaction of dark matter with the bulk silicon of ~mm-thick charge-coupled devices. The kg-size DAMIC detector to be installed at the Laboratoire Souterrain de Modane in France will search for low-mass dark matter particles with unprecedented sensitivity. The European Research Council “selects and funds the very best, creative researchers of any nationality to run projects based in Europe”, with Principal Investigators of Advanced Grants identified as “exceptional leaders in terms of originality and significance of their research contributions.”