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Location: 180-204
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Michael Leyton

Michael Leyton

Michael Leyton

Full-time Lecturer

Office: 180-111
Phone: 805.756.1635


  • Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 2009
  • M.A., University of California, Berkeley, 2006
  • B.S., Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA, 2003

Research Interests

  • Rare event searches with gaseous and liquid noble TPCs
  • Directional detection of dark matter
  • Geo-neutrinos and nuclear reactor neutrinos
  • Instrumentation R&D


Dr. Michael Leyton received his Ph.D. in 2009 from the University of California, Berkeley while working on the ATLAS experiment at CERN. He has since worked in several other international collaborations, including DMTPC, DUNE and DarkSide, and been a recipient of prestigious research fellowships from the Alexander von Humboldt foundation (Germany) and the European Union’s Marie Sklodowska-Curie Horizon2020 COFUND program (Spain and Italy). His current research interests include the directional detection of dark matter and instrumentation R&D for next-generation rare event searches. Dr. Leyton previously taught as a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Texas at Dallas and now joins the faculty at Cal Poly.

Please contact me by email if you would like to find out more.




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