85% of the total mass of the Universe is dark and is referred to as “Dark Matter”. Although this special kind of matter is five times larger in amount than ordinary matter (like the protons or the electrons) it is very difficult to be observed experimentally. In fact the only information we have about it comes from its gravitational effects in galaxies and larger structures in the Universe.
But what is dark matter? Is dark matter important in the understanding of the Universe? What techniques and experimental approaches are in place to discover it? Scientists from the Institute of High Energy Physics (HEPHY) of the Academy of Sciences will discuss these and other questions from the general public in an informal event: the Dark Matter Day.
The Dark Matter Day will take place on October 31st 2017, from 18:00 to 20:00 at the Statt-Beisl im WUK, Währinger Straße 59, 1090 Wien. After introducing the hottest topics in theoretical and experimental dark matter studies, scientists from HEPHY will engage in conversation with all the participants in a very relaxed atmosphere. Don’t be afraid of the dark, ask a scientist.
List of presentations:
18:00 Introduction (5’)
18:05 Dark Matter from galaxies: Rotation curves (5′) Dr. Holger Kluck
18:10 Five things you need to know about dark matter (5’) Dr. Suchita Kulkarn
18:15 Go deep, be cool and illuminate the dark @CRESST (5’) Dr. Florian Reindl
18:20 Measuring the unmeasurable @ CMS (5’) Dr. Alberto Escalante Del Valle
18:25 An invisible needle in a haystack @ Belle II (5’) Dr. Gianluca Inguglia
18:30-20:00 Ask a scientist while having a drink
Send an email to outreach(at)hephy.at to register to the event.
In addition, on November 1st the movie “The Phantom of the Universe” (German version) will be screened at 18:00 at the “Planetarium des Naturhistorischen Museums Wien”. Free tickets will be offered during the Dark Matter Day events to the participants (see http://www.hephy.at/de/das-hephy/veranstaltungen/article/planetariumsshow-das-phantom-des-universums/).