Miriam Diamond

Assistant Professor, Astroparticle Physics
Faculty, Arthur B. McDonald Canadian Astroparticle Physics Research Institute

LinkedIn Profile

Brief CV

P.Phys. since Nov 2015
Experimental Research Associate, Fundamental Physics Division, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory (2017-2018)
PhD, Physics (High-Energy Particle), University of Toronto (2017)
MSc, Physics (Perimeter Scholars International), University of Waterloo (2013)
BSc Honours, Physics (Theory), Carleton University (2012)

SuperCDMS Collaboration
MATHUSLA Collaboration
Heavy Photon Search Collaboration
ATLAS Collaboration author (2015-2017)
Dark photon phenomenology research (2012-current)
Two-Higgs-Doublet Models phenomenology research (2009, 2011)
Experimental neutrino astrophysics research for Sudbury Neutrino Observatory collaboration (2007-2008)
Full CV


My main research interests are dark matter and neutrinos. My first exposure to particle physics consisted of data analysis work for the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory, and I am still fascinated by the mysteries of the shy and mischievous particles I studied there. Even more mysterious is dark matter, the stuff which makes up a quarter of our universe but has still evaded all our efforts at identification. Of the complementary approaches currently being taken to search for dark matter, I have worked on several: beam-dumps, colliders, and direct detection. With the recent discovery of the Higgs Boson at the LHC, dark matter is next on particle physicists' most wanted list.
Heavy Photon Search


Women In Physics 2015
Lepton Photon 2019
Canadian Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics 2019



PHY252 Thermal Physics
PHY132 Introduction to Physics II, Practicals
PHY407 Computational Physics, Labs
PHY231 Physics of Living Systems, Practicals
Teaching Fundamentals Certificate: Thank You to the CTSI TATP

Outreach Talks

Quantum Questions and Quackery
Quantum Uncertainty Gameshow
CAP Professional Physicist Designation
The NOvA Experiment
Neutrinos, and Why I'm Obsessed With Them
The Mott Problem
Canada Geese: Physics of Formation Flight
National Science & Technology Week 2012 Blog

Publications and Presentations

Publication Highlights

M. Diamond and P. Schuster, Searching for Light Dark Matter with the SLAC Millicharge Experiment, Phys. Rev. Lett. 111 (2013) 221803. [arXiv:1307.6861]
SNO Collaboration, B. Aharmim et al., A search for astrophysical burst signals at the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory, Astropart. Phys. 55 (2014) 1-7 . [arXiV:1309.0910]. Corresponding author.
Alimena et al., Searching for long-lived particles beyond the Standard Model at the Large Hadron Collider, March 2019 [arXiV:1903.04497].
Alpigiani et al., A Letter of Intent for MATHUSLA: a dedicated displaced vertex detector above ATLAS or CMS, Nov 2018 [arXiV:1811.00927].

Invited Lectures

Searches for Ultra Long-Lived Particles with MATHUSLA
Dark Sectors in Electron Fixed-Target Experiments
Direct Detection Dark Matter Searches

Conference Presentations

M. Diamond, Searches for Dark Sectors in Fixed-Target Experiments, 2019 CAP Congress.
M. Diamond, Searches for ultra long-lived particles with MATHUSLA, Lepton Photon 2019.
M. Diamond, Search for long-lived neutral particles decaying into lepton-jets with the ATLAS detector in proton-proton collision data (poster ATL-PHYS-SLIDE-2016-254), The 3rd Workshop on Dark Matter at the Large Hadron Collider.
M. Diamond, Search for long-lived neutral particles decaying into lepton-jets with the ATLAS detector (poster and proceedings PoS(LHCP2016)240, ATL-PHYSPROC-2016-121), Large Hadron Collider Physics 2016.
M. Diamond, Exotic Prompt and Non-Prompt Leptonic Decays as a Window to the Dark Sector with ATLAS (ATL-PHYS-SLIDE-2016-395), The 24th International Conference on Supersymmetry and Unification of Fundamental Interactions.
M. Diamond, Searches with Displaced Lepton-Jet Signatures, LHC Searches for Long-Lived BSM Particles: Theory Meets Experiment 2015.
M. Diamond, Implementing Tracking with the ATLAS Diamond Beam Monitor , 2014 CAP Congress.
M. Diamond and H. Logan, Exploring Dark Matter in a Lepton-Specific Two-Higgs-Doublet Model , Women in Physics 2011 International Conference at Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics

Fun Stuff

My theory of everything, Quantum Murphydynamics , as published in Uncyclopedia
My favourite neutrino romance poetry, Cosmic Gall (John Updike)
Subatomic particle plushies!
Incredibly addictive CERN Particle Collider supercollider game
Somewhat addictive LHC game

My research assistants, Quark & Quasar the High-Energy Guinea Pigs: