Imperial College London


Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Physics

Professor of Physics



+44 (0)20 7594 7549h.araujo




510Blackett LaboratorySouth Kensington Campus





Henrique Araujo is an experimental astroparticle physicist with the High Energy Physics group at Imperial. His work focuses on the direct detection of dark matter, the elusive substance thought to constitute most of the mass in the universe. Large physics experiments located deep underground attempt to detect the very faint and rare collisions of the mysterious dark matter particles with ordinary atoms at the core of very sensitive radiation detectors.

Henrique was involved in the ZEPLIN dark matter search located at the Boulby Underground Laboratory (UK) for about a decade; the programme developed the use of two-phase xenon technology for dark matter searches. He was data analysis coordinator for ZEPLIN-III and became spokesperson for the collaboration in 2010. He joined the Large Underground Xenon (LUX) experiment in 2012. LUX was installed at the 4850-ft level of the Sanford Underground Research Facility (SURF), located in the former Homestake mine in South Dakota, US. LUX published several world leading dark matter searches until 2017.

Since 2012 he has led the UK teams developing the international LUX-ZEPLIN (LZ) experiment, and he co-led the development of the LZ Xenon Detector from design through to the end of construction in 2020. LZ will operate at SURF from 2021 and will probe popular models of particle dark matter and rare astrophysical neutrino interactions.

Henrique has also developed radiation detection instruments for spacecraft. He collaborated with the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory and the European Space Agency on the Highly Miniaturised Radiation Monitor (HMRM), a miniature instrument to characterise the radiation environment in Earth orbit. Previously, he was involved in the design of the LISA Pathfinder Radiation Monitor.

He is Co-Director of Research (Physics) and a member of the Executive Committee of the Department of Physics at Imperial. 



Akerib DS, Alsum S, Araújo HM, et al., 2022, Fast and flexible analysis of direct dark matter search data with machine learning, Physical Review D, Vol:106, ISSN:2470-0010

Linehan R, Mannino RL, Fan A, et al., 2022, Design and production of the high voltage electrode grids and electron extraction region for the LZ dual-phase xenon time projection chamber, Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment, Vol:1031, ISSN:0168-9002

Aalbers J, Akerib DS, Al Musalhi AK, et al., 2022, Cosmogenic production of 37Ar in the context of the LUX-ZEPLIN experiment, Physical Review D, Vol:105, ISSN:2470-0010, Pages:1-8

Akerib DS, Akerlof CW, Akimov DY, et al., 2022, The LUX-ZEPLIN (LZ) radioactivity and cleanliness control programs (vol 80, 1044, 2020), European Physical Journal C, Vol:82, ISSN:1434-6044

Akerib DS, Al Musalhi AK, Alsum SK, et al., 2021, Projected sensitivities of the LUX-ZEPLIN experiment to new physics via low-energy electron recoils, Physical Review D: Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology, Vol:104, ISSN:1550-2368, Pages:1-16

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