William Terrano joined the Romalis group as Dicke fellow in October 2018, with the goal of using the highly sensitive instruments developed by the Romalis group to do dark matter direct detection experiments. The main challenge of this effort is understanding all the underlying AMO physics that can perturb those systems, in order to be able to isolate the effect of dark matter. The nuclear-spin based gyroscopes and co-magnetometers developed at Princeton over the last 20 years should have great sensitivity to low-mass axions, potentially over a very wide range of axion masses. William is also working on building up a new polarized liquid Xenon experiment.
William did his Ph. d. with the Eot-Wash group at the University of Washington, working on precision measurements using torsion balances.