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Dr. Yorck Ramachers

Research Interests

Particle Physics Detector R&D

As a former direct dark matter search experimentalist, research expertise on several different types of detector technologies has been collected over the years, starting with Germanium semiconductor crystals (until 1998) and transiting to cryogenic bolometers on the CRESST experiment until 2004.

Moving on to double beta decay and neutrino physics, room-temperature semiconductors, CdZnTe crystals, were next on the list until 2007. The current main research activities were launched subsequently, involving again different detector technologies:

- SuperNEMO double beta decay (since 2010): Geiger-cell tracking detectors and scintillator calorimeters.

- Liquid argon TPC detector research for future neutrino physics applications.

- Micro-pattern gaseous multiplier devices for liquid- and gas-based particle physics detectors.

The latest status (2021) for the group is that Warwick joined three major new initiative: the LEGEND double beta decay experiment, the Quantum Technology for Neutrino Mass (QTNMLink opens in a new window) project and the DarkSide-20kLink opens in a new window dark matter search project.

Apart from these large collaborative activities, small scale programmes on laboratory-based novel detector concept development are ongoing. These have led to recent knowledge transfer activities on a new concept for solar power harvesting and UV light sensing together with Dr. Gavin Bell, see grant award here.

Interest in energy research has led to a recent collaborative project together with the WMG Experiential Engineering group on photovoltaic trees, PVTree.

More details, references and presentations can be found on the linked project pages.

Teaching activities


PX386 Nuclear and Particle Physics has finished and will be replaced for the academic year 14/15 by separate, dedicated modules on Particle Physics and Nuclear Physics.

PX421 Relativity and Electrodynamics has finished in 13/14 and will not be offered anymore in 14/15. Parts of the material have been transferred to PX384. Anyone wanting to have a look at what they might miss out on, on the off-chance, use the links to the complete script and scanned figures. The exercises and their solutions are not public but can be obtained by email after consultation.

PX150 Physics programming workshop (For what it is worth - was commended for this module in the recent WATE round, there is also an interview here.)

PX263 Electromagnetic theory and optics with a fully typed script in case anyone is interested.

Current teaching activity:

PX281 Computational Physics

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Write to:

Department of Physics, University of Warwick, Coventry, CV4 7AL

Contact Details:

Office: P545
+44 (0)2476573878
+44 (0)2476150897


Detector R&D