Is Dark Matter a Mirage?

Is Dark Matter a Mirage?
2017 Event | 2017 | University of South Dakota | 414 East Clark Street, Vermillion, SD |

Event Overview

University of South Dakota

Observations beginning more than 80 years ago have led to the contemporary and shocking revelation that more than 80 percent of the matter in the Universe is something we’ve never seen before. We will show why Dark Matter is not a Mirage and plays a critical role in the development of the Universe’s structure including our own galaxy.  Weakly Interacting Massive Particles (WIMPs) constitute a popular candidate for dark matter since they can naturally account for the observed abundance of dark matter. While WIMPs appear to interact with atomic nuclei very rarely, their collisions may deposit detectable energy in a detector. For over three decades, many experiments have used a wide variety of strategies to search for WIMPs. And yet, despite substantial effort, WIMPs remain undetected. More sensitive experiments will soon come online. We will describe the advanced detection technologies that will give us the potential to discover dark matter.

University of South Dakota

About University of South Dakota

The Physics at the University of South Dakota has a strong dark matter program funded by NSF, DOE, and the state of South Dakota.

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Phone: 605-677-6124, 605-677-3966


When & Where

  • Oct 30, 2017
  • 18:30 - 21:00
  • Location: University of South Dakota

    414 East Clark Street, Vermillion, SD.

Registration End Date

  • Oct 30, 2017,12:00 am

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