Bachelorarbeiten bei Dr. Kahlhoefer in 2019

 

Astrophysical constraints on dark matter with long-range interactions

The goal of this bachelor thesis:

  • Become familiar with the observational evidence for dark matter self-interactions
  • Calculate the momentum transfer cross section for a model of self-interacting dark matter
  • Use the most recent measurements to constrain the model and determine the underlying parameters

The student will learn:

  • How to interpret astrophysical data in terms of particle physics
  • How to calculate cross sections for scattering processes
  • How to fit a model to data and determine confidence regions

Requirements:

  • General interest in particle physics and analytical methods
  • Basic understanding of statistics and data analysis can be learned during the project


Laboratory constraints on dark matter with long-range interactions


The goal of this bachelor thesis:

  • Become familiar with experimental strategies for the detection of dark matter
  • Implement a new model of dark matter interactions into the public code DDCalc
  • Study the phenomenology of the model and predict signals in upcoming experiments

The student will learn:

  • How to calculate event rates in dark matter experiments
  • How to use numerical tools for signal predictions
  • How to obtain exclusion limits and sensitivity estimates

Requirements:

  • Basic programming skills (Fortran/C++/python)
  • Basic understanding of dark matter physics can be learned during the project