Marie-Cécile Piro, PhD

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Science - Physics Admin


Assistant Professor, Faculty of Science - Physics Admin
(780) 492-1074
2-091 Centennial Ctr For Interdisciplinary SCS II
11335 Saskatchewan Drive NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2H5



  • BSc Physics Université de Montréal (2006)
  • MSc Physics Université de Montréal (2008)
  • PhD Physics Université de Montréal (2012)
  • PDF Astroparticle Physics - Condensed matter CEA/Université Paris sud France (2012-2015)
  • RA Astroparticle Physics RPI, Troy NY - LNGS, Italy (2015-2017)
  • Assistant professor, University of Alberta (2017-present)


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My research is  in  astroparticle  physics, using  techniques from  particle  physics to answer fundamental questions about  our Universe. I worked  in several projects for dark matter searches in Canada at  SNOLAB underground laboratory for  PICASSO experiment, in France at LSM (Labortatoire Souterrain de Modane) for EDELWEISS experiment  and  in  Italy at  the LNGS  ( Laboratori  Nazionali  del  Gran Sasso)  for XENON1T experiment. 

I have a  broad  expertise in multiple  detection techniques such as  superheated liquids, ultra-pure germanium detectors at mK temperatures and with the world’s largest double phase xenon TPC. 


I lead a physics program for rare event searches for the PICODEAP-3600 which are installed at SNOLAB, Ontario. I also joined the NEWS-G experiment installed in LSM (Laboratoire Souterrain de Modane) an underground laboratory between France and Italy. My principal interest concerns the development of technologies based on innovative ideas with multiple applications in order to extract new physics processes. I am currently building a new detector in my lab that combines the bubble chamber technology and scintillation light: The Scintillating Bubble Chamber (SBC).


  • Development of gas purification techniques and assay
  • Scintillating bubble chamber
  • Directionality detectors
  • R&D Detector technology
  • gas chromatograph
  • Data analysis - Simulations MC, Geant4
  • Dark matter theory



PHYS 485 : Particle physics introduction (Winter term)

PHYS 295 : Experimental physics I (Fall term)



PHYS 295 - Experimental Physics I

Contemporary methods of experimental physics with measurements from classical and modern physics. Analysis and graphing of experimental data using programming techniques. Estimation and statistical treatment of experimental uncertainties consistent with standard practice in physics. Planning and record keeping for experimental work, written presentation of laboratory results. Prerequisites: MATH 101 or 115 or 118 or 146, one of PHYS 124, PHYS 144, or EN PH 131; and one of PHYS 126, PHYS 146, or PHYS 130. Note: To proceed to PHYS 295 after taking PHYS 126 a minimum grade of B+ in PHYS 126 and some experience of computer programming are strongly recommended.

Fall Term 2020
PHYS 485 - Introductory Particle Physics

Particles and forces; relativistic kinematics; symmetries and conservation laws; bound states, heavy flavours, and the quark model; Dirac equation and the electrodynamics of leptons; electrodynamics of quarks and the parton model; quantum chromodynamics and the strong interactions; weak interactions and electroweak unification. Prerequisites: PHYS 372; MATH 225 or 227, MATH 337 or equivalent. Recommended: PHYS 458 and PHYS 472.

Winter Term 2021