Ph.D., Physics, Karlsruhe, Germany, 1993
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The nature of Dark Matter - five times more common in the universe than ordinary matter according to astrophysical and cosmological evidence – is still eluding our understanding. A compelling hypothesis invokes yet unknown Weakly Interacting Massive Particles (WIMPs) as a major component of Dark Matter. Privitera is searching for WIMPs with the DAMIC (Dark Matter In CCDs) experiment at the SNOLAB underground laboratory in Sudbury, Canada. DAMIC employs mm-thick CCDs of unprecedented low energy threshold (few tens of eV) to detect nuclear recoils from low mass WIMPs. Privitera’s group plays a major role in the experiment, now undergoing installation of a 100 g detector which will probe a large, so far unconstrained range of WIMP masses and interaction cross- sections. Privitera is also performing measurements of the nuclear recoil ionization efficiency in silicon down to sub-keV energy, essential for a proper interpretation of WIMP limits.
As an experimental particle physicist, Privitera worked for the DELPHI experiment at the LEP e+ e- collider (CERN, Geneva), with main contributions in the measurement of the properties of the Z and W bosons, in the physics of the τ lepton and of the b quark.
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Past Scientific Projects: Microwave Detection of Air Showers (MIDAS)
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