Professor of Physics
I read Physics in the early 1980's at the Technische Universität München (TU Munich). My fascination for particle physics, especially electroweak unification and neutrino physics, led me to join the group of Rudolf Mössbauer. My diplom thesis (1985) was on novel superconducting detectors for neutrino physics. I continued this cryogenic detector development during graduate studies (Dr. rer. nat. 1989). From 1990 to 1996 I was Wissenschaftlicher Assistent at the TUM, developing cryogenic detector arrays and electronic readout systems. In 1996 I moved to Oxford where my interest shifted from making detectors towards applying them to dark matter searches. My college is Corpus Christi College.
I am currently the Head of Teaching and give the graduate lecture course on statistics and data analysis.
My current main research interest is the search for dark matter with the LUX-ZEPLIN (LZ) collaboration. My group develops instrumentation at the centre of the detector to ensure optimum operation and highest data quality. We are also strongly engaged in general instrumentation for fast scintillator readout systems and we use this to optimize inorganic scintillators mainly for cryogenic experiments searching for dark matter or neutrino-less double beta decay.