Prof Vitaly A Kudryavtsev

Professor of Particle Physics



Department of Physics and Astronomy

University of Sheffield

Hicks Building, Hounsfield Road

Sheffield S3 7RH



Tel.: +44 (0)114 2224531

Fax: +44 (0)114 2223555










I am working in the field of particle astrophysics. My research interests are related to the non-baryonic dark matter search, neutrino physics and astrophysics and cosmic rays.


      Simulations and background studies for the LUX-ZEPLIN (LZ) dark matter experiment (under construction).

      Background studies for the EDELWEISS dark matter experiment (currently running).

      Neutrino oscillation studies and proton decay search with the long-baseline neutrino experiment DUNE at SURF.

      Design of the tonne-scale cryogenic dark matter experiment EURECA; background modelling (2006-2013).

      Analysis of data and interpretation of the results from dark matter detectors at Boulby: NAIAD, ZEPLIN, DRIFT (1997-2010).

      Background measurements and simulations.

      Development of software for data analysis and simulations.


I am also involved in a variety of projects linked to cosmic rays in environment and security, such as muon tomography for carbon capture monitoring and using cosmic rays in security applications.


You can find more about my research here.




Muon transport code: MUSIC



I am one of the authors of the three-dimensional MUon SImulation Code (MUSIC) designed to propagate muons through large thickness of material. The code is one of the best currently known codes for muon transport. It is maintained and regularly updated by me. It is available on request to

There is another code MUSUN (MUon Simulation UNderground) closely related to MUSIC. This package allows simulation of single muons underground/underwater according to their spectra and angular distributions. The package is available on request to




List of the publications (from





PHY120 – Introductory Mathematics (2015-2016).

PHY112 – Introductory Mathematics for Physicists and Astronomers (2006-2014).

PHY250 – section on Partial Differential Equations, 3D Coordinate Systems, Spherical Harmonics.

PHY251 – section on Nuclear Physics.

PHY466 – Development of Particle Physics.

PHY411/412 – section on Experimental Astroparticle Physics, until 2012.


I am the Year Tutor for 2nd Year Physics programme.