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April 5, 2018 | 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Category: Seminar
Location: Physics & Astronomy Department - Liberal Arts and Sciences #245 | Map
666 W. Hancock
Detroit, MI 48201
Cost: Free
Audience: Academic Staff, Alumni, Community, Current Graduate Students, Current Undergraduate Students, Faculty

     Speaker: Prof. Aaron Pierce, Director of the Leinweber Center for Theoretical Physics at the University of Michigan

     Title: Dark Matter: WIMPS and Beyond

     Abstract: The identity of the Dark Matter that dominates the matter density of the universe remains a mystery.  Increasingly sophisticated experiments have begun to probe some of the best motivated models of dark matter.  I will review the theoretical status of one such paradigm, so-called Weakly Interacting Massive Particle (WIMP) Dark Matter, with particular emphasis on the implications of direct detection experiments.  We will see that while the paradigm is alive and well, it is under non-trivial pressure, particularly in specific implementations, such as supersymmetry. This warrants searches for other types of Dark Matter.  I will very briefly discuss a few such searches, including a new possibility of using the LIGO gravitational wave detector as a dark matter detector.

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