Colloquia

Colloquium
Friday, October 3, 2014
3:30 PM
Physics Building, Room 204

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"Non-WIMPy Dark Matter Searches at Fermilab"


William Wester , Fermilab
[Host: Craig Group]
ABSTRACT:

With the observation of the Higgs Boson in July 2012, high energy physics has claimed victory in accounting for all the known particles within the Standard Model of Particle Physics. However, great and profound questions remain unanswered regarding the nature of energy, matter, space and time. Among these questions is "What is the nature of Dark Matter" that accounts for approximately 80% of the matter in the universe. Gaining popularity is to invoke the possibility that "Non-WIMPy" new particles form the dark matter in contrast to usual Weakly Interacting Massive Particles hypothesis. Novel ideas and novel experiments, often at a very small scale, are exploring large areas of previously unexplored parameter space. Plus, they are a lot of fun too!

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