Dark matter direct searches

Seminar  on   15 May 2018  at  DFA    Aula  F        h 15.30

Dark matter direct searches

Prof. Jose Matias-Lopes 

University of Coimbra, Portugal


One of the major challenges of modern physics is to decipher the nature of dark matter. Astrophysical observations provide ample evidence for the existence of an invisible and dominant mass component in the observable universe. The dark matter could be made of new, yet undiscovered elementary particles, with allowed masses and interaction strengths with normal matter spanning an enormous range. Weakly interacting massive particles (WIMPs) represent a well-motivated class of candidates. They could be directly observed via scatters off atomic nuclei in underground, ultra low-background detectors, or indirectly, via secondary radiation produced when they pair annihilate. They could also be generated at particle colliders such as the LHC, where associated particles produced in the same process are to be detected. 

After an introduction to the dark matter problem and the phenomenology of dark matter detection, I will discuss the most promising direct detection techniques current status and near future prospects.

Martedì, 15 Maggio, 2018 to Venerdì, 18 Maggio, 2018