Department of Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy

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Department of Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy
Department of Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy

Departmental Colloquium - Direct dark matter searches: WIMPs and beyond

Jingke Xu,
(Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory)

Friday May 5th, 2017
11:30 a.m. Theatre B

Abstract:

Weakly interacting massive particles (WIMPs) have been considered as a strong candidate for the dark matter, which outweighs atomic matter by a factor of 5. The past decade has seen much improvement in the sensitivity of direct WIMP search experiments, but no definitive observation has been made to date. In this talk, building from my own research experience, I will discuss the efforts made by argon-, xenon-, and NaI-based experiments in attempt to directly detect dark matter interactions. I will talk about the advantages, the challenges and the achievements of each approach, and where the field may lead us in the next decade.