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Mechanical Quantum Sensing in the Search for Dark Matter



Jacob Taylor, Gadi Afek, Sunil Bhave, Daniel Carney, Gordan Krnjaic, David Moore, Robinjeet Singh, Cindy Regal, Benjamin M. Brubaker, Andrew Geraci, Jonathan D. Cripe, Sohitri Ghosh, Jack Harris, Anson Hook, Jonathan Kunjummen, Rafael Lang, Li Tongcang, Tongyan Lin, Zhen Liu, Joseph Lykken, Lorenzo Magrini, Jack Manley, Nobuyuki Matsumoto, Alissa Monte, Fernando Monteiro, Thomas Purdy, C. J. Riedel, Swati Singh, Kanupriya Sinha, Juehang Qin, Dalziel Wilson, Yue Zhao


Numerous astrophysical and cosmological observations are best explained by the existence of dark matter, a mass density which interacts only very weakly with visible, baryonic matter. Searching for the extremely weak signals produced by this dark matter strongly motivate the development of new, ultra-sensitive detector technologies. Paradigmatic advances in the control and readout of massive mechanical systems, in both the classical or quantum regime, have enabled unprecedented levels of sensitivity. In this white paper, we outline recent ideas in the potential use of a range of solid-state mechanical sensing technologies to aid in the search for dark matter in a number of energy scales and with a variety of coupling mechanisms.


Dark Matter, Mechanical sensor, accelerometer


Taylor, J. , Afek, G. , Bhave, S. , Carney, D. , Krnjaic, G. , Moore, D. , Singh, R. , Regal, C. , Brubaker, B. , Geraci, A. , Cripe, J. , Ghosh, S. , Harris, J. , Hook, A. , Kunjummen, J. , Lang, R. , Tongcang, L. , Lin, T. , Liu, Z. , Lykken, J. , Magrini, L. , Manley, J. , Matsumoto, N. , Monte, A. , Monteiro, F. , Purdy, T. , Riedel, C. , Singh, S. , Sinha, K. , Qin, J. , Wilson, D. and Zhao, Y. (2020), Mechanical Quantum Sensing in the Search for Dark Matter, Arxiv, [online], (Accessed April 20, 2024)
Created August 13, 2020, Updated June 24, 2022