Alexandra Datz joined the project Arms Control and Emerging Technologies as part of the "Public Interest Science" fellowship in January 2022. The fellowship should allow young graduates with a background in science or technology to learn about the interdisciplinary field of nuclear arms control, disarmament and non-proliferation. Previously, Alexandra Datz studied at the University of Heidelberg. During her bachelor studies her focus was on particle physics. She completed research stays at CERN in Geneva and at the GSI Helmholtz Center for Heavy Ion Research in Darmstadt. Her master's thesis was on Markov chain Monte Carlo methods for porous media flow at the Interdisciplinary Center for Scientific Computing at Heidelberg University.
Alexandra's research focus is in the area of nuclear disarmament. Alexandra applies her knowledge and skills from physics to interdisciplinary problems with high societal relevance.
Currently, she is working on novel detection methods for the absence of nuclear weapons and fissile material in bunkers. In collaboration with Moritz Kütt, she is investigating how cosmic muons can be used for the detection of fissile material.