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Department of Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy

Departmental Colloquium -Discovering Dark Matter With Imploding Pulsars, High Recoil Events, and Hot Neutron Stars

Joseph Bramante,
(Perimeter Institute)

Monday May 8th, 2017
11:30 a.m. Theatre B

Abstract:

I will first show that a number of persistent astrophysical puzzles, including missing pulsars in the galactic center, fast radio bursts, the abundance of r-process elements, and the type Ia supernova progenitor problem, may all be an emerging signature of dark matter. Next, I will detail how new analyses of high recoil events could uncover canonical WIMP dark matter at existing direct detection experiments. Finally, I will describe a newly discovered effect, that dark matter smashing into neutron stars warms them to infrared temperatures detectable with the Thirty Meter, European Extremely Large, and James Webb Space telescopes.