Battat Lab

Dark Matter Detection and Particle Astrophysics

Our Universe is a fascinating and mysterious place. Through different lenses, we each try to make sense of it all. In my lab, we focus on two major outstanding mysteries in physics: dark matter and dark energy. In particular, we currently use (and develop new) experimental techniques to search for dark matter particles, and to test Einstein’s theory of General Relativity via lunar laser ranging.

We are always looking for interested and motivated students to join our group. No prior experience is necessary. In fact, we encourage students to get involved early. There are plenty of ways you can engage in this research and contribute to these fascinating topics whether you are a first year student, or are looking for a senior thesis project.

Through this research, you will gain experience in many areas including electronics development, vacuum systems, computer programming, CCD imaging, photomultiplier tubes, lasers and more!

If you are interested in learning more, don’t hesitate to contact me.  You are welcome to come by my office (Science Center S390), lab (Science Center E222) or reach me by email

Contact Us

Department of Physics
Science Center
Wellesley College
106 Central Street
Wellesley, MA 02481

Melanie Chamberlin
Administrative Assistant

Tel: 781.283.3156