Particle Astrophysics


Laura Baudis joined the Physics Department at the University of Zurich in August 2007 as a full professor in experimental physics. She received her PhD from the University of Heidelberg in 1999 and went on to become a postoctoral fellow at Stanford University, where she worked on the Cryogenic Dark Matter Search experiment. In 2004, she moved to the University of Florida, Gainesville, as an assistant professor, where she started to work on detectors using liquefied xenon (the first stage in the XENON programme, XENON10). In 2006, she was awarded the Lichtenberg Professorship for Astroparticle Physics at the RWTH, Aachen University. She is a Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS), a member of the CERN Science Policy Committee and an Editor-in-chief of the European Physical Journal C. In 2017, she was awarded an ERC Advanced Grant for the Xenoscope project.


Research Interests

I'm an experimental particle astrophysicist interested in the nature of dark matter in our Universe, and in the fundamental properties of neutrinos.

I am involved in the XENON direct dark matter detection project, in the GERDA neutrinoless double beta decay experiment and in the future LEGEND. I am leading the DARWIN collaboration, with the goal of building a next-generation, 50 tonnes liquid xenon observatory. Furthermore I conduct smaller R&D projects in my laboratory at UZH, to study liquid xenon as a particle detection medium, as well as novel light sensors.


Publications and Outreach

A list of publications can be found here. I give regular talks, as well as public lectures and interviews. A recent interview in GEOkompakt (in German): Die verborgenen Kräfte im Kosmos. My TEDxCERN talk on Exploring the vast dark Universe. An interview for JPhys+ and an interview for the faculty of science. Here is my recent article on the Search for Dark Matter for the European Review.