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M.Sc. Nicole Schermer

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Experimental Astro-Particle Physics

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Offered Bachelor’s or Master’s Theses Topics

Characterization of Superconducting Connectors for the NUCLEUS Experiment
The detection of coherent-neutrino nucleus scattering (CEvNS) opens a new window to study the fundamental properties of neutrinos and to probe physics beyond the Standard Model of Particle Physics. NUCLEUS is a novel cryogenic neutrino experiment at a nuclear power reactor which allows for precision measurements of CEvNS at unprecedentedly low energies. It is based on recently demonstrated ultra-low threshold cryogenic detectors being developed at TUM. Accessing energies in the 10eV regime enables to fully exploit the strongly enhanced cross section of CEvNS which leads to a miniaturization of neutrino detectors. The NUCLEUS collaboration consists of 5 institutes in Germany, France, Italy and Austria and is fully funded. The experiment will be installed at a new experimental site at the CHOOZ nuclear power plant in France. In the framework of this thesis, students can directly contribute to the development of the NUCLEUS cryogenic detector at the TUM labs. This work will focus on the characterization of the superconducting cables and connectors of the main component of NUCLEUS, the cryogenic detector. The Bachelor student will be involved in: - Precision resistance measurements at cryogenic temperatures (mK) - Operation of state-of-the-art cryostats - High-frequency signal processing and analysis - Basic signal analysis Students will be guided to the operation of the device in the laboratory, to perform dedicated measurement campaigns and to analyse the data recorded. A background in basic programming is welcome, but not mandatory. For more information please check
suitable as
  • Bachelor’s Thesis Physics
Supervisor: Raimund Strauß
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