Daniel Baxter

KICP Fellow
Enrico Fermi Fellow

Daniel Baxter
Eckhardt Research Center
Room 487
5640 South Ellis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637
(773) 702-7893


Ph.D., Physics and Astronomy, Northwestern University, 2018


Dan works in experimental particle astrophysics on the direct detection of dark matter. He spent his Ph.D. at Northwestern University advancing the technology of bubble chamber detectors with the PICO collaboration, of which he remains a member at the University of Chicago. Dan’s main research as a KICP Fellow focuses on using CCDs to search for dark matter with the DAMIC at SNOLAB and DAMIC-M collaborations. Dan helped lead the effort to develop the first radioactive background model for the CCD detector at SNOLAB and is in charge of commissioning a new low background detector for DAMIC-M at the Modane Underground Laboratory in France. In addition to his experimental work, Dan has collaborated with local theorists to improve our modeling of backgrounds in various materials, including freons, noble liquids, and semiconductors.

Outside of science, Dan loves all things science-fiction and will talk your ear off about musical theater.