Blas Cabrera

Stanley G. Wojcicki Professor
(650) 723-3395    
Faculty Research Interests
Dark Matter

Blas's main research efforts are directed towards the search for dark matter in the form of WIMPs or Weakly Interacting Massive Particles. Blas is Spokesperson for SuperCDMS Collaboration. The SuperCDMS Soudan experiment is now operating in northern Minnesota and the SuperCDMS SNOLAB experiment has just been approved by NSF & DOE as one of two second generation WIMP search experiments.

super dms
One of SuperCDMS's state-of-the-art detectors. 



For five years up to mid-2015 has been Spokesperson for the SuperCDMS (Cryogenic Dark Matter Search) collaboration with twenty-two member institutions, which mounted a series of experiments in the Soudan mine in northern Minnesota to search for the dark matter in the form of weakly interacting massive particles or WIMPs. This direct detection effort has lead the world in sensitivity for much of the past ten years and utilizes novel cryogenic detectors using germanium and silicon crystals operated below 0.1 K. The completed CDMS II experiment operated 4 kg of germanium and 1 kg of silicon for two years and set the most sensitive limits at the time for spin-independent interactions for WIMPs masses above 40 GeV/c2. The SuperCDMS Soudan experiment operated 9 kg of germanium until the end of calendar 2015.

He was selected for a three-term as Project Director, through mid 2018, for the approved second generation (G2) SuperCDMS SNOLAB experiment which will operate 30 kg of Ge and Si detectors in the deeper SNOLAB facility in Canada. The project searches for low mass WIMPs (0.1 - 10 GeV/c2) and the cryostat facility will allow future upgrades to search down to the solar neutrino floor. It has recently been approved for full construction by the DOE and NSF.