Daniel McKinsey

Daniel McKinsey

Title
Professor
Department
Dept of Physics
Phone
(203) 988-6028
Research Expertise and Interest
dark matter, noble gases, cryogenics, high voltages, particle physics, astrophysics, low temperature physics, detector physics, neutrinos
Research Description

McKinsey's research centers on non-accelerator particle physics, particle astrophysics, and low temperature physics. In particular, he works on the development of new detectors using liquefied noble gases, which are useful in looking for physics beyond the Standard Model. Applications include the search for Weakly Interacting Massive Particles (WIMPs), neutrinoless double beta decay, and the measurement of the low energy solar neutrino flux. He also works in condensed matter and atomic physics, developing optical methods for imaging metastable helium molecules in superfluid helium, with application toward visualization of quantum turbulence.

In the News

December 15, 2015

World’s most sensitive dark matter detector gets even better

The world’s most sensitive experimental search for dark matter has gotten 20 times more sensitive thanks to new techniques that reduce the background interfering with efforts to catch these mysterious particles that comprise 85 percent of all matter in the universe.