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Institute for Particle Physics Phenomenology

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Institute for Particle Physics Phenomenology

PhD Student

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Email: andrew.cheek[AT]durham.ac.uk

I'm a PhD student, I received my MPhys (Hons) from Durham University in 2015. My primary supervisor is David Cerdeno. I anticipate finishing my PhD in summer 2019.


Publications


"Opening the energy window on direct dark matter detection'', N. Bozorgnia, D. G. Cerdeno, A. Cheek, B. Penning arXiv:1810.05576. Submitted to JCAP.

"Surrogate Models for Direct Dark Matter Detection'', D.G. CerdeƱo, A. Cheek, E. Reid, H. Schulz, JCAP 1808 no. 011 (2018)

An up-to-date list can be found here.


Research Area


My research has focused predominantly on the phenomenology of particle dark matter (DM). Incorporating multiple experimental techniques and looking for novel observables that could help differentiate between particle models. Furthermore, scrutinizing and evaluating the mechanisms for creating DM deserves more attention. With an education in more theoretical aspects of quantum field theory, I am also interested in exploring how current issues in the Standard Model (SM) can be connected to the DM problem, perhaps giving us greater insight into the nature of both DM and whatever is beyond the SM. I have developed RAPIDD, a software to quickly and accurately approximates direct detection of dark matter.


Research Interests

  • Dark matter
  • Quantum field theory
  • Beyond the Standard Model
  • Astroparticle physics
  • Early universe physics
  • Statistical analysis


Conference talks

Dark Side of the Universe 2018 (2018):Surrogate Models for Direct Dark Matter Detection parallel talk, see event page.

Preparing for Dark Matter Particle Discovery (2018): Surrogate Models for Direct Dark Matter Detection, plenary talk, see event page.


Workshop talks and poster presentations

Insivibles workshop 2018: Using Surrogate Models for Direct Detection, PhD Forum plenary talk, see event page.

Dark Matter UK Meeting July 2018: Challenges to parameter reconstruction in direct detection, plenary talk, see event page.

MC4BSM (2018):Surrogate Models for Direct Dark Matter Detection, plenary talk, see event page.

Unravelling the DM mystery:RAPIDD tutorial: a quick look at a new tool for direct detection analysis, tutorial on how to run RAPIDD a software developed with collaborators. See event page.

UK High Energy Physics Forum 2017:RAPIDD: Reconstruction tool for Direct Detection, poster presentation.

Invisibles School 2017:Generalising Direct Detection of Dark Matter, poster presentation.

14th MultiDark Consolider Workshop: Direct Detection, theoretical analysis, plenary talk, see event page.

YTF 9: Distinguishing Dark Matter in Direct Detection, poster presentation followed by a parallel talk see event page.


Invited Seminars

McDonald Institute seminar : Making the most of Direct Detection seminar giving during a visit to Queen's University, Canada. See McDonald Institute website.

IFT Astroparticle Journal club seminar: How far can we push DarkMatter with Direct Detection?, talk given at IFT during a two week visit.