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

Departmental Colloquium - The Hunt for Dark Matter

 

Guillaume Giroux,
Queen's University

Tuesday April 11th, 2017
10:00 a.m. Theatre B

Abstract:

Cosmological and astronomical observations indicate that the vast majority of the universe’s matter content is made out of dark matter. We have to look beyond the Standard Model of particle physics to find candidates for dark matter in the form of weakly interacting massive particles (WIMPs). WIMPs have been eluding our searches so far, but next generation experiments may hold the key to their discovery. In this colloquium, I will review the principles of WIMP direct detection and report on recent WIMP search results from the PICO-60 detector, a C3F8 bubble chamber located at the SNOLAB underground laboratory. I will also present an overview of planned and proposed dark matter search experiments, including next-generation PICO bubble chambers, that will continue exploring the classical WIMP paradigm and beyond.