Division Particle & Astroparticle Physics

Research: DARWIN R&D

- The ultimate search for dark matter and a low energy neutrino observatory

Although the existence of dark matter is well established from cosmological and astronomical observations, its nature remains uncertain The XENON experiments have conducted a long-lasting search for the favored weakly interacting massive particles (WIMPs) over the last years with a great sensitivity but without the success of a discovery. The DARk matter WImp search with liquid xenoN (DARWIN) will be the ultimate experiment of this technology using a multi-ton liquid xenon time projection chamber.

In case of a WIMP detection, for instance in the future XENONnT detector, DARWIN will be able to precisely measure the dark matter properties; its mass and cross section with ordinary matter. If no signal appears, DARWIN will be able to explore the parameter space for WIMP dark matter to sensitivities down to a level at which neutrino interactions with target nuclei form an impassable source of background. The ultimate sensitivity of DARWIN for WIMP searches will be at cross sections of a few 10-49 cm2 for the spin-independent WIMP-nucleon scattering case.

Due to its very large target mass, low-energy threshold and extremely low background, DARWIN will be able to perform additional rare physics searches. The list below summaries some of those:

  • Neutrinoless double-beta decay of 136Xe and other rare nuclear processes
  • Coherent neutrino nucleus scattering
  • The detection of supernova neutrinos
  • Solar neutrinos
  • Search for axion-like particles


The DARWIN Collaboration

  • Subatech (France): group of Dominique Thers
  • Laboratoire de l'Accelerateur Lineaire LAL (France): group of Carla Macolino
  • Laboratoire de physique nucleaire et de hautes energie LPNHE (France): group of Luca Scotto Lavina
  • University of Münster (Germany): group of Christian Weinheimer
  • MPIK Heidelberg (Germany): group of Manfred Lindner
  • University of Freiburg (Germany): group of Marc Schumann
  • Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT, Germany): group of Guido Drexlin
  • University of Mainz (Germany): group of Uwe Oberlack
  • TU Dresden (Germany): group of Kai Zuber
  • Heidelberg University (Germany): group of Stephanie Hansmann-Menzemer et al.
  • Imperial College London (Great Britain): group of Roberto Trotta
  • INFN (Italy), Sezione LNGS: group of Walter Fulgione
  • INFN (Italy), Sezione di Bologna: group of G. Sartorelli
  • Weizmann Institute of Science (Israel): group of Amos Breskin
  • Nikhef, Amsterdam (The Netherlands): group of Patrick Decowski
  • University of Coimbra (Portugal): group of Jose Matias Lopes
  • Stockholm University (Sweden): group of Jan Conrad
  • University of Zürich I (Switzerland): group of Laura Baudis
  • University of Zürich II (Switzerland): group of Ben Kilminster
  • Columbia University (USA): group of Elena Aprile
  • University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA, USA): group of Hanguo Wang
  • Arizona State University (USA): group of Lawrence Krauss
  • Purdue University (USA): group of Rafael Lang
  • Rice University (USA): group of Peter Shagin
  • University of California at San Diego (UCSD, USA): group of Kaixuan Ni
  • University of Chicago (USA): group of Luca Grandi
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (USA): group of Ethan Brown
  • New York University at Abu Dhabi (NYUAD, UAE): group of Francesco Arneodo


More information and current news including publications and the status of DARWIN can be found here.


  • Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Manfred Lindner:
    Tel: +49 6221 516800
    E-Mail: manfred.lindner [at] mpi-hd.mpg.de
  • Priv.-Doz. Dr. Teresa Marrodán Undagoitia:
    Tel: +49 6221 516803
    E-Mail: teresa.marrodan [at] mpi-hd.mpg.de
  • Dr. Hardy Simgen:
    Tel: +49 6221 516530
    E-Mail: hardy.simgen [at] mpi-hd.mpg.de

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