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Novel Analysis Framework Using Quantum Optomechanical Readouts For Direct Detection Of Dark Matter

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posted on 2021-05-06, 14:45 authored by Ashwin NagarajanAshwin Nagarajan
With the increase in speculation about the nature of our universe, there has been a growing need to find the truth about Dark Matter. Recent research shows that the Planck-Mass range could be a well-motivated space to probe for the detection of Dark Matter through gravitational coupling. This thesis dives into the possibility of doing the same in two parts. The first part lays out the analysis framework that would sense such an interaction, while the second part outlines a prototype experiment that when scaled up using quantum optomechanical sensors would serve as the skeleton to perform the analysis with.


Degree Type

  • Master of Science


  • Aeronautics and Astronautics

Campus location

  • West Lafayette

Advisor/Supervisor/Committee Chair

Rafael Lang

Advisor/Supervisor/Committee co-chair

Kathleen Howell

Additional Committee Member 2

James Longuski