Department of Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy

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

Departmental Colloquium - Solid-state imaging detectors for rare-event searches

Alvaro E Chavarria
University of Chicago

Date: Wednesday April 19th, 2017
Time: 11:30 a.m.
Location: Theatre B

Abstract:

Positive results from either direct searches for particle dark matter or neutrinoless double beta decay would have profound implications on our understanding of particle physics and cosmology. I will review the field of contemporary rare-event searches, focused on the detector design philosophy that has historically led to success. I will argue for new experimental approaches that rely on the low noise and background suppression capabilities of solid-state imaging devices, which may give us access to large unexplored regions of parameter space and increase our chances for discovery.