The Centre of Excellence for Dark Matter Particle Physics will deliver breakthroughs in our understanding of the Universe through the pursuit of the discovery of dark matter particles which comprise 80% of the mass of the universe. It assembles for the first time a strong and diverse team of physicists from particle, nuclear, and quantum physics as well as particle astrophysics. It will deliver high-profile experiments using new cutting-edge technologies. The Centre will exploit the unique geographical location of the first underground physics lab in the Southern Hemisphere. The ultra-sensitive detectors and ultra-low radiation techniques will translate into a broad range of industrial applications and train a new generation of scientists.

Funding: $35 million over 7 years
Centre Director: Professor Elisabetta Barberio
Administering Organisation: The University of Melbourne

Participating Organisations:

  • The Australian National University
  • The University of Adelaide
  • Swinburne University of Technology
  • The University of Sydney
  • The University of Western Australia
  • Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation
  • Defence Science and Technology Group
  • University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Princeton University, USA
  • National Institute for Nuclear Physics
  • California Institute of Technology, USA
  • Albert Ludwig University of Freiburg
  • University of Washington, Seattle
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • The University of Sheffield, UK
  • Stockholm University, Sweden