Strong gravitational lensing is a promising probe of the substructure of dark matter to better understand its underlying nature. Deep learning methods have the potential to accurately identify images containing substructure, and differentiate WIMP particle dark matter from other well motivated models, including vortex substructure of dark matter condensates and superfluids.
This project will focus on further development of the DeepLense pipeline that combines state-of-the art of deep learning models with strong lensing simulations based on lenstronomy. The focus of this project is using equivariant neural networks for classification and regression of dark matter particle candidates (e.g. CDM, WDM, axions, SIDM).
Total project length: 175/350 hours.
Python, PyTorch and relevant past experience in Machine Learning.
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