Department of Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy

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

Low-Temperature Direct Dark Matter Searches

Philippe Di Stefano
Institute de Physique, Nucléaire de Lyon

Thursday, August 8, 2002
1:30 PM @ Stirling Theatre A

Abstract:

For the past fifteen years, astroparticle experiments have been searching for the hypothetical and elusive WIMPs that could solve the dark matter problem first raised in 1933. Small cryogenic detectors with efficient background rejection, thanks to a simultaneous measurement of phonons and charge, now surpass longer established and heavier direct dark matter searches. I will review the experiments, results and prospects, with emphasis on the recent progress of the EDELWEISS collaboration.

Refreshments will be available in the department lounge at 2:30 pm.