|Christina Love works on the DarkSide experiment.|
WHICH UNIVERSITY DID YOU ATTEND?
WHAT EXPERIMENT ARE YOU ON?
WHAT IS YOUR RESEARCH FOCUS?
My graduate work focused on a prototype dark-matter detector. Based on its gravitational effects, dark matter has been found to make up almost 25 percent of everything in the universe. Experiments like DarkSide are searching for signals that can reveal the nature of undiscovered particles that make up the dark matter. Direct detection of dark matter has yet to be confirmed.
HOW DID YOU GET INVOLVED IN PARTICLE PHYSICS?
I spent the summer of 2009 at Fermilab working on radiation detection techniques. The DarkSide Collaboration was in its early stages.
WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF IN FIVE OR 10 YEARS?
I see myself teaching at a university, heavily involved in outreach and education, and of course working on a very interesting astrophysics or particle physics problem.
DURING GRAD SCHOOL, WHAT WAS THE MOST UNUSUAL OR EXCITING THING YOU DID OUTSIDE OF PHYSICS?
My husband and I got married in the Edelman Planetarium at Rowan University during my last year in graduate school. We are both scientists and had met 10 years earlier at Space Camp!
WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO NOW?
I am currently an ORISE postdoctoral fellow at the Transportation Security Laboratory and an adjunct professor at Rowan University. I am looking for a faculty position in the Philadelphia area.