Thorsten Lux


Research Interests

I started to study physics in 1996 at the University of Hamburg graduating 2001 about the measurement of the ion feedback in Time Projection Chambers (TPC) with Micro Pattern Gas Detector (MPGD) readouts. From 2001 to 2005 I worked at DESY Hamburg on my PhD thesis. The topic of my PhD thesis was the measurement of the beauty cross section in deep inelastic scattering with data from the H1 experiment and the development of a TPC prototype with MPGD readout to study its performance in a up to 5 T magnetic field. In June 2005 I joined the Neutrino group at IFAE as PostDoc. I was involved in the development of the first full size TPC with MPGD readout for the neutrino oscillation experiment T2K (Japan). From 2007 on I also worked on an experiment to measure the neutrinoless double beta decay which is based on a high pressure TPC filled with Xenon.

Since 2015 I am permanent staff at IFAE and Co-PI of the neutrino group. Currently I am involved in various projects: A large liquid argon TPC prototype, WA105, which is currently under construction at CERN. It is a prototype of 6x6x6 m3 and serves as a test for the detectors needed for the next generation of long baseline neutrino oscillation experiment DUNE. In this project I am working on the light detection system integrated in the TPC. In parallel I am involved in the upgrade of the near detector of T2K, the same project on which I started to work as PostDoc. In addition I am involved in various smaller side projects, mainly related to gas detectors or light detection. My main research field is nowadays instrumentation in general.