I am currently a postdoc at Los Alamos National Laboratory, working as a member of the SPLENDOR Collaboration We are searching for light dark matter with narrow-gap semiconductors.
I completed my PhD in the physics department at UC Berkeley as a member of the Pyle Group where I helped our group in the goal to detect dark matter (DM). I am also a member of the SuperCDMS and SPICE/HeRALD dark matter detection collaborations.
Throughout the course of my PhD at Berkeley, I have had a hand in many different aspects of our lab. I was the lead analyzer and corresponding author of the SuperCDMS-CPD DM search, which was subsequently published in Physical Review Letters as “Light Dark Matter Search with a High-Resolution Athermal Phonon Detector Operated above Ground.” In this analysis, I took raw DM search data and wrote Python code for feature extraction, event simulation, and exclusion limit setting. Most of these tools have been included in the open-source Python packages QETpy and
detprocess, and DarkLim, for each of which I am a creator and maintainer.
I have also been directly involved in the day-to-day running of our lab’s cryogen-free dilution refrigerator, which operates at temperatures below 10 mK. I have installed and characterized various transition-edge sensor based detectors, from simple rectangles to distributed sensor arrays. I also am working on the passive vibration isolation system that will be used to make the vibrational background from the pulse-tube cryocooler negligible.