MIT Kavli Institute Directory

Julien Billard

Postdoctoral Associate Postdoctoral Scholar

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.

Research interests: 

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.

Representative publications: 

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)

Contact Information

t: 617-324-1517
e: billard@mit.edu

Education

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