Fröhlich Lecture Series in Physics 2017/18

3:00pm - 4:00pm / Wednesday 14th February 2018 / Venue: Muspratt Lecture Theatre Chadwick Building
Type: Seminar / Category: Research
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Title: “Seeing the Invisible: How to observe and identify the dark matter”

Dr David G. Cerdeño
University of Durham

Refreshments will be served at 14.45
The Fröhlich Lectures are presentations by research leaders which are intended to be accessible to a general audience at the advanced undergraduate level.

Abstract

During the past century, it was discovered that the Universe contains vast amounts of a new type of matter that does not emit or reflect light. This "dark" matter challenges our current understanding of particle physics. The detection and identification of these exotic particles could provide a window to understand the early stages of Universe and the nature of its building blocks.

However, how can we see the invisible?

In this talk I will give a brief update of the status of dark matter searches, making emphasis on direct detection techniques, which attempt to observe dark matter particles through their scattering on underground experiments. I will then make the connection with particle physics models and argue that the complementary use of different experimental techniques is fundamental to determine the dark matter parameters (this is, its mass and interaction strength).