Battat Lab

Dark Matter Detection and Particle Astrophysics

Our Universe is fascinating and mysterious. 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!

For more information about Lunar Laser Ranging, see the APOLLO project webpage.

If you are interested in learning more, don’t hesitate to contact me.  You are welcome to come by my office (Science Center S260), lab (Science Center E222) or reach me by email

The Battat lab gratefully acknowledges support from: