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Nicholas

PhD Doctor of Philosophy candidate

Expertise
Dark Matter Physics, Cosmology, Quantum Devices, Particle Physics, RF devices
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Project ideas

Project ideas are meant to help inspire student thinking about their own project. Students are in the driver seat of their research and are free to use any or none of the ideas shared by their mentors.

Setting up your own universe

Depending on how much matter there is in the universe (as well as what types of matter there are) you can end up getting the universe to implode on itself or grow eternally such that in the end a single particle will never see another particle again. In this project you can consider the outcomes that initial conditions have on the fate of your universe. You can also explore plenty of the unintuitive aspects of modern cosmology.

The dark matter halo

We know that dark matter must exist in our galaxies in order to explain how stars and gases rotate. However, we are not entirely sure as to how the dark matter is distributed in the galaxy. In this project you can study different hypotheses for distribution profiles and figure out how stars and gases would rotate with such profiles.

A guided introduction to particle physics and dark matter

In this project we can go through the discoveries and theories that have led to our current understanding of physics. We will make sense of the Standard Model of Particle Physics and see how that plays in with cosmology and the evolution of the universe. We will see why dark matter must exist, what it might be made of, how we are looking for it, and how devices that rely on the quantum nature of the world help us look for it.

Coding skills

Mathematica, Python