Diary of a WIMPy Kid: Using Light to Search the Dark…

Diary of a WIMPy Kid: Using Light to Search the Dark…
Department of Physics, Royal Holloway, University of London | Royal Holloway University of L, Egham Hill, Egham, UK |

Event Overview

A global hunt for the universe’s missing matter is underway, and this autumn everyone is invited to join in. In October 2018 events around the world will celebrate the hunt for the universe’s unseen dark matter.

To celebrate the Dark Matter Day 2018 Royal Holloway organises an evening lecture from Dr. Joe Walding.

The Universe is over thirteen billion years old and consists of hundreds of billions of galaxies, each containing hundreds of billions of stars.  Over the past 2000 years our understanding of the Universe has greatly improved: from having the Earth at its centre to having no centre at all!  However, in the last 80 years it has become apparent that we understand less than 5% of the Universe – the other 95% being made up of the mysterious dark matter and dark energy.

In this lecture, Dr. Walding will discuss the evolution of our Universe model and why we believe dark matter exists.  He’ll then ask for the audience’s contribution to design an experiment to search for weakly interacting dark matter (WIMPs) using light!

About Department of Physics, Royal Holloway, University of London

Royal Holloway Physics is proud to have an excellent research group on dark matter. The group is involved in many aspects of dark matter detection: we built the calibration systems for DEAP3600, now running in the SNOLab underground laboratory, we are contributing to calibration system design on LZ, we develop novel instrumentation for directional dark matter detection on DMTPC, which is also relevant for neutrino oscillation physics and geo-neutrino detection; we make low background measurements of detector components in the Boulby underground laboratory, we build neutron detectors for measuring the background flux and energy spectrum to dark matter searches, and we are developing new analysis methods to distinguish backgrounds from candidate dark matter interaction signals. We are looking forward to participate in Dark Matter Day 2018, to showcase our research, open the door to our Lab and engage with various publics on our research.

Organizer contact information

Email: physics.outreach:rhul.ac.uk

Phone: 01784276465

To register for this event please visit the following URL: https://darkmatterday2018.eventbrite.co.uk →

 

When & Where

  • Oct 9, 2018
  • 18:30 - 19:30
  • Location: Windsor Auditorium, Royal Holloway Campus

    Royal Holloway University of L, Egham Hill, Egham, UK.

Registration End Date

  • Oct 9, 2018,12:00 am

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