King's Fellow receives award for cosmology paper

Professor Anne-Christine Davis

King's Fellow Anne Davis and her co-authors have been awarded 3rd prize in the Buchalter Cosmology Prize for their paper on the detection of dark energy. The work, entitled “Direct detection of dark energy: the XENON1T excess and future prospects”, was the joint effort of Anne and her Cambridge colleague Sunny Vagnozzi and collaborators Luca Visinelli, Philippe Brax and Jeremy Sakstein and was published in Physical Review D in 2021. In giving the award, the judging panel commended the paper for “opening new, unforeseen vistas for the scientific scope of direct detection dark matter experiments, exploring the tantalizing prospect for terrestrial dark matter experiments to directly detect scalar particles, associated with the dark sector, produced in the strong magnetic field of the solar interior.”

The annual prize, created by Dr Ari Buchalter in 2014, seeks to reward new ideas or discoveries that have the potential to produce a breakthrough advance in our understanding of the origin, structure, and evolution of the universe.

More about Anne's work on the direct detection of dark energy can be found on the University website.

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