Paules Zakhary

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Degree: Master degree

Division: Astrocent (Warsaw)

ORCID: 0000-0001-9752-1790




Paules Zakhary is a Ph.D. candidate at the Particle Astrophysics Science and Technology Center (AstroCeNT), a unit of the Nicolaus Copernicus Astronomical Center (CAMK) in Warsaw and a scholar at the Geoplanet Doctoral School.

Coming from Egypt, Paules was one of the five exceptional students in the inaugural class of Misr El Kheir STEM Scholars at the American University in Cairo (AUC), where he received his B.Sc. degree in physics with magna cum laude.

During his undergraduate studies, he joined Prof. Swillam’s group and worked on planar waveguides, which sustain solitons in nonlinear media. In Summer 2017, Paules Zakhary worked as a visiting undergraduate research fellow at Harvard University under the auspicious of Prof. Gabrielse on the Electron Dipole Moment (EDM) experiment.

After graduation, Paules pursued his master’s degree in particle physics at the University of Sheffield, UK. He worked with Prof. Vitaly Kudryavtsev and the LZ Collaboration on material screening to define tolerable rates from background sources, which would not put the detection of Weakly Interacting Massive Particle (WIMP) signals in jeopardy. These WIMPs may be able to explain dark matter, which exists in theory, but so far, no experiments have detected conclusive evidence of it. More specifically, he was running simulations to assess the contribution from all background sources, including intrinsic radioactivity in the liquid Xenon, and emissions from the experimental setup. He focused on neutrons produced by (α, n) reactions within the inner detector subcomponents whose materials contain alpha-emitting products from the uranium and thorium decay chains. In September 2019, Paules received his M.Sc. (RES) in particle physics, with distinction.

Since 2020 he works on low-mass dark matter detection with the DarkSide Collaboration under the auspices of Prof. Masayuki Wada and Prof. Leszek Roszkowski, in Warsaw.

Research interests
  • astroparticle physics,
  • WIMPs,
  • low-mass dark matter,
  • Monte Carlo simulations,
  • signal processing,
  • trigger & data acquisition,
  • cryogenics.

Degrees and titles
  • 2019: M.Sc. in particle physics, with distinction, University of Sheffield, UK,
  • 2017: B.Sc. in physics with magna cum laude, American University in Cairo, Egypt.