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DirectorKIM Yeongduk

  • KIM Yeongduk DirectorKIM Yeongduk
  • LEE Hyunsu Associate DirectorLEE Hyunsu
  • KIM Yong-Hamb Group LeaderKIM Yong-Hamb

Searching for dark matter WIMP to explain the origin of the universe

Contact Info

Tel. +82-42-878-8510

Fax. +82-42-878-8509

Address

IBS Center for Underground Physics
70, Yuseong-daero 1689-gil, Yuseong-gu, Daejeon

Director
Director KIM Yeongduk

Director KIM Yeongduk

Dr. Kim graduated from Nuclear Engineering department of Seoul National University in 1985 and earned his Ph.D. in Physics from Michigan State University in 1991.
He later became professor at the Physics Department of Sejong University. He also was a visiting scholar at Columbia University and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). After returning from the LLNL, he took the position at the Center which was established in July 2013.

Introduction
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Searching for Dark Matter to understand the origin and structure of the universe

  • - Conducting nuclear and particle physics experiments
  • - Searching for Weakly Interacting Massive Particles (WIMPs) as dark matter candidates
  • - Searching for neutrinoless double beta decay and sterile neutrinos
  • - Developing low-temperature detection technologies by utilizing low-temperature sensors and various crystals
Main research activities

We now know that neutrinos are massive but we have yet to determine their absolute masses and nature. Discovering these important unknowns can be related to leptogenesis theories that make attempts to explain particle-antiparticle asymmetry in the universe. Neutrinoless double beta decay experiment is the most practical approach for determining the absolute masses and understanding the nature of neutrinos. At the Center for Underground Physics (CUP) at the IBS, we will perform several phases of AMoRE (Advanced Mo-based Rare process Experiment) experiments that probe the neutrino mass down to 0.03 eV.


Advancing our knowledge of dark matter is necessary in order to understand the origin and structure of the universe, because the universe consists of 26.8% dark matter and 68.3% dark energy. We are running experiments to search directly for WIMPs (Weakly Interacting Massive Particles), which offer the most plausible explanation as to the nature of dark matter. We will develop new detection techniques to search for dark matter, which would provide more sensitive results than currently running experiments.

We will install detectors with ultra-low noise at a depth of approximately 700 meters at our underground laboratory in Yangyang in Korea to reduce background cosmic rays to search for extremely rare events such as neutrinoless double beta decays, dark matter, etc. Since we expect to see only a handful of signal events per year, the success of the experiments highly relies on reducing background interference. We will achieve our goal by growing ultra-low background crystals and by developing low-temperature sensors that have excellent energy resolution and the power to distinguish the signals from huge background events.

Organization

Organization

Main research results
  • A CaMoO4 Crystal Low Temperature Detector for the AMoRE Neutrinoless Double Beta Decay Search
    (Adv. High Energy Phys., 2014)
  • Search for Low-Mass Dark Matter with CsI(Tl) Crystal Detectors
    (Phys. Rev. D, 2014)
  • Development of a Scintillation Light Detector for a Cryogenic Rare-Event-Search Experiment
    (Nucl. Instr. Meth. A, 2015)
  • Pulse-Shape Discrimination Between Electron and Nuclear Recoils in a NaI(Tl) Crystal
    (Jour. High E Phys. 2015)
  • A simulation-Based Study of the Neutron Backgrounds for NaI Dark Matter Experiments
    (Astropart. Phys. 2015)
Personnel
Personnel status
Total66
Gender51(Male), 15(Female)
Korean/ International53(Korean), 13(International)
Degree
Position

As of Dec. 2015

Research

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