Lecture: Illuminating Dark Matter
Neal Weiner of the Center for Cosmology and Particle Physics at New York University (NYU) will give a talk, titled “Illuminating Dark Matter,” at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory on Tuesday, Oct. 2. His talk, a BSA Distinguished Lecture, will be held at 4 p.m. in Berkner Hall.
Scientists estimate all the universe’s visible matter, from subatomic quarks and gluons to the largest stars, accounts for less than 5 percent of the entire universe’s actual contents. The overwhelming majority of matter throughout the universe is something other than the building blocks comprising everything we see, yet we are profoundly unaware of what the universe’s mysterious dark matter is.
During his talk, Weiner will describe the range of ideas that have arisen as to what dark matter might be, where it came from, and how to look for it. He will detail progress made in the search to understand the nature of dark matter and what questions scientists hope to answer during the current era of exploration, including “What does the dark universe have to do with the one we can see?”