Department of Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy

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

Departmental Colloquium - Searching for Dark Matter - A Multipronged Approach

Kenneth Clark ,
University of Toronto

Wednesday April 22, 2015
1:30 p. m. in Theatre A

Abstract:

The quest for understanding the dark matter which pervades our universe has been proceeding for many years and is currently at a momentous time.  The existence of this elusive matter is now widely accepted, and considerable experimental effort is directed at deducing its fundamental properties.  Currently there are many searches on-going since validation of the results using several channels will be necessary to provide conclusive measurements of the properties of dark matter itself.  This talk will focus on results and prospects from two experiments using complementary search techniques.   The first is the IceCube/DeepCore experiment situated in the deep ice at the South Pole.  The second is the PICO experiment, a superheated liquid detector at SNOLAB which recently published world-leading results.  The future of both existing experiments, as well as PINGU (a low-energy extension to IceCube/DeepCore) will also be discussed.