Manfred Lindner Can Dark Matter Particles Be Detected Directly by Using a Xenon-based Detector?

Manfred Lindner is Director at the Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics, Heidelberg, as well as a Professor for physics and astronomy at the University of Heidelberg. Before joining the Max Planck Society, he spent 13 years teaching and conducting research as a Professor of theoretical physics at the Technical University Munich. Lindner’s research interest lies in the field of particle and astro-particle physics where he addresses formal theoretical questions but also engages in experimental projects. He has been contributing significantly to internationally leading projects on direct Dark Matter search, neutrino oscillations and lepton number violation. In 2016, Lindner was awarded an honorary doctorate of the Royal Institute of Technology (Kungliga Tekniska Högsksolan, KTH) in Stockholm for important contributions to neutrino physics.

Area of Research

Theoretical Particle Physics

Elena Aprile, Matteo Alfonsi, Katsushi Arisaka, Francesco Arneodo, C. Balan, Laura Baudis, B. Bauermeister, Annika Behrens, Philippe Beltrame and K. Bokeloh. "Dark Matter Results from 225 Live Days of XENON100 Data." Physical Review Letters 109 (2012): 181-301.  
Elena Aprile, J. Aalbers, Federica Agostini, Matteo Alfonsi, F. D. Amaro, Matthew Anthony, L Arazi, Francesco Arneodo, C. Balan and P. Barrow. "Physics Reach of the XENON1T Dark Matter Experiment." Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics 2016 (2016): No. 027.  
Fedor Bezrukov, Hans Hettmansperger and Manfred Lindner. "KeV Sterile Neutrino Dark Matter in Gauge Extensions of the Standard Model." Physical Review D 81 (2010): No. 085032.  
Bhupal Dev, Manfred Lindner and Sebastian Ohmer. "Gravitational Waves as a New Probe of Bose-Einstein Condensate Dark Matter." (2016).  

since 2006


Max Planck Society (more details)

Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics

since 2007


Heidelberg University (Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg)


Managing Director

Max Planck Society (more details)

Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics



Technical University of Munich (Technische Universität München)

Physics Department



Heidelberg University (Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg)

Institut für Theoretische Physik


Research Fellow




Fermi National Accelerator Lab



Ludwig Maximilian University Munich (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München)



Ludwig Maximilian University Munich (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München)

- Co-spokesperson of the XENON collaboration

- Double Chooz Collaboration (Member of the Executive Committee) (since 2006)

- Initiator and Member of the GLoBES Collaboration (since 2002)

- Spokesperson of the International Max Planck Research School ‘Precision Tests of Fundamental Symmetries'

- Scientific Committee of the International School on Astro-Particle Physics European Doctorate School (ISAPP) (2006)


- Honorary Doctorate at the Royal Institute of Technology Stockholm, Sweden (2016)


- Member of the "Gutachterausschuss Astroteilchenphysik" of the German Ministry for Research and Education (BMBF) (since 2013)

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Theoretical models suggest that a large part of our universe is made up of dark matter - this has not yet been directly observed but the existence of dark matter is inferred from its gravitational effects such as the rotation of galaxies. Currently researchers work on directly detecting these particles instead of just predicting them theoretically. In this video MANFRED LINDNER describes the detector used by the team of the XENON Dark Matter Project: Essentially, it is a vessel filled with liquefied xenon and equipped with highly sensitive light sensors. When a particle enters the detector, it will generate light pulses which enable the researchers to pinpoint the exact location of the interaction as well as the type of particle. The high sensitivity of the instrument requires that extreme care is taken to eliminate any background signals.

XENON100 Dark Matter Results from a Combination of 477 Live Days

  • Elena Aprile, Federica Agostini, Matteo Alfonsi, Francesco Amaro, Matthew Anthony, Francesco Arneodo, Catalin Balan, Laura Baudis, Boris Bauermeister and Manfred Lindner
  • Physical Review D
  • Published in 2016
Elena Aprile, Federica Agostini, Matteo Alfonsi, Francesco Amaro, Matthew Anthony, Francesco Arneodo, Catalin Balan, Laura Baudis, Boris Bauermeister and Manfred Lindner. "XENON100 Dark Matter Results from a Combination of 477 Live Days." Physical Review D 94 (2016): No. 122001.