Department of Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy

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

Particle Dark Matter

Natalia Toro
Perimeter Institute

Friday, March 22, 2013
1:30 PM @ Stirling A

Abstract:

Most matter in the Universe is "dark" --- built of still-unknown electrically neutral constituents whose detailed properties remain mysterious. We still do not know how heavy individual dark matter particles are, how it came to dominate the mass of the Universe, or whether dark matter interacts significantly with ordinary matter. I will describe three ways that accelerator-based experiments can improve our understanding of dark matter, and how these efforts complement searches for dark matter scattering at SNOLAB and around the world. This story will lead us to the Large Hadron Collider, where colliding protons may have sufficient energy to produce dark matter, and to high-intensity fixed target experiments searching for new forces through which the dark matter can interact.