The MIT Kavli Institute paves the way for new developments in space- & ground-based astrophysics. Our faculty, research staff, and students develop technology & instrumentation with a focus on an engineering and technical core.
Researchers at The Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research explore extreme and unusual phenomena found beyond the Earth including extrasolar planets, black holes, neutron stars, and distant galaxies and clusters of galaxies.
I grew up in Mauritius island which is a beautiful and peaceful place with amazing beaches and sea sports opportunities. Then, I moved to Grenoble (France), which is well known for its surrounding mountains, where I did both my undergrad and grad school. I am now settled down in Cambridge, since August 2012 for my postdoctoral position at MKI.
I am a postdoctoral associate in astroparticle physics. I joined the SuperCDMS collaboration which aims at directly detect Dark Matter from an underground experiment using cryogenic semiconductor detectors. Since recently, I am also interested in searching for coherent neutrino scattering and probing neutrino properties using very low energy threshold cryogenic detectors. During my Ph.D. I worked on directional detection of Dark Matter using gaseous TPC in order to measure both the energy and the track of recoiling nuclei in order to probe the ultra-local Dark Matter velocity distribution.
J. Billard, F. Mayet and D. Santos, "Markov Chain Monte Carlo analysis to constrain Dark Matter properties with directional detection", Phys. Rev. D 83 075002 (2011) J. Billard, F. Mayet and D. Santos, "Assessing the discovery potential of directional detection of Dark Matter", Phys. Rev. D 85 035006 (2012) J. Billard, F. Mayet and D. Santos, "Three-dimensional track reconstruction for directional Dark Matter detection", JCAP 04 006 (2012)
Honors and awards:
Thesis Grant from the French Ministry of Education (MENRT Grant)
M.S., Nuclear engineering, Grenoble Institute of Technology, 2009;
M.S., Particle Physics and Cosmology, Université Joseph Fourier (Grenoble), 2009;
Ph.D., Astroparticle Physics and Cosmology, Université Joseph Fourier (Grenoble), 2012