Fermilab scientist Patrick Fox was recently awarded the Humboldt Fellowship for Experienced Researchers for his work in theoretical physics.
Roughly 500 Humboldt Research Fellowships are given annually. They go to scientists who work at the level of assistant professor or junior research group leader or have a record of several years of independent academic work. The fellowship allows researchers to carry out long-term research in Germany. Applicants choose their own topics of research and their academic host.
Fox’s work, to be carried out with Professor Joachim Kopp in Mainz, will focus on the connections between dark matter and the Standard Model. One of the questions they plan to address is whether novel measurement and analysis techniques can increase the sensitivity of direct dark matter searches beyond the limit imposed by the background of solar and atmospheric neutrino interactions, the so-called neutrino floor.