Handling astrophysical uncertainties on WIMP direct detection

Series: 
Astronomy Unit Seminars
Speaker: 
Dr. Anne Green (U. Nottingham)
Host: 
Karim Malik
Date: 
January 23rd, 2015 at 14:30
Room: 
GO Jones Room 610
Abstract: 

Diverse astrophysical and cosmological observations indicate that most of the matter in the Universe is cold, dark and non-baryonic. Weakly Interactive Massive Particles (WIMPs) are generically a good dark matter candidate and particle physics provides us with a well-motivated WIMP candidate in the form of the lightest supersymmetric particle. WIMPs can be detected indirectly (via the products of their annihilation) or directly (via elastic scattering in underground detectors). They can also be produced at particle colliders like the LHC. After an introduction to WIMPs and their detection I will focus on direct detection experiments, in particular astrophysical uncertainties and how they can be addressed.

http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/physics/people/anne.green