Dmitry Budker, Professor

Closed (1) Global Network of Optical Magnetometers to search for Exotic physics (GNOME)

Closed. This professor is continuing with Spring 2021 apprentices on this project; no new apprentices needed for Fall 2021.

The nature of dark matter is one of the biggest questions in modern physics. GNOME is network of atomic magnetometers sensitive to signatures of exotic fields from astrophysical sources such as the axionlike particle domain walls as a dark matter candidate. There is a dozen of GNOME stations around the world, two being here in Berkeley. You will work on the upgrade and operation of these stations together with Dr. Deniz Aybas.


The student will work on the atomic magnetometers, specifically the detection electronics, as well as calibration measurements and potentially dark matter search data analysis.
The learning outcome will be understanding how an optical magnetometer setup works, and how it is used for a particle search with cosmological implications.


Day-to-day supervisor for this project: Dr. Deniz Aybas, Post-Doc

Qualifications: A student who is comfortable with soldering and programming on Arduino is preferred. From Physics or Electrical Engineering major, any class level.

Weekly Hours: 6-8 hrs

Related website: http://budker.berkeley.edu
Related website: http://budker.uni-mainz.de

Closed (2) Laser Guide Star (LGS)

Closed. This professor is continuing with Spring 2021 apprentices on this project; no new apprentices needed for Fall 2021.

LGS are laser beams generated on the Earth and sent to the mesosphere with sodium atoms. The backscattered emission is measured and is used to make corrections in the telescope mirrors. One can modulate these laser beams to match the resonant Larmor frequency of the sodium nuclear spin that will give information on the magnetic field at the mesosphere.

The student will work on computationally modeling spin response to different laser beam parameters. The learning outcome will be hands-on experience with Mathematica and understanding of the spin dynamics.

This can be a remote position.

Day-to-day supervisor for this project: Dr. Deniz Aybas

Qualifications: A student who is comfortable with programming (in Mathematica/MATLAB) is preferred. From Physics or Electrical Engineering major, any class level.

Weekly Hours: 6-8 hrs

Related website: http://budker.berkeley.edu
Related website: http://budker.uni-mainz.de