University of Maryland
Computer & Space Science Building, Room 2400
4:30 PM Monday, September 11, 2017
Coffee, Tea & Snacks 4:15-4:30 PM

Carter Hall
University of Maryland
Down-to-earth searches for cosmological dark matter with LUX and LZ

A laboratory detection of the Milky Way's dark matter halo would be a spectacular confirmation of modern cosmology, and would rewrite the standard model of particle physics as well. The LUX experiment searched for WIMP interactions in an underground detector in South Dakota between 2013 and 2016 and found no evidence for the existence of these hypothetical particles, setting stringent constraints on their properties. This talk will review the LUX results, and more recent results from the Xenon1T and PandaX-II experiments. I will also describe the status of the LZ experiment, which will explore another factor of 100 in cross-section parameter space starting in 2020.

Sponsored by: Department of Physics and the Institute for Physical Science and Technology, University of Maryland. For information call Catha Stewart at (301) 405-4811 or go to the UMD Space Physics group seminar web site.

There is free parking after 4:00 PM in lot B (the big parking garage across the street from the CSS building). There are a limited number of spaces in lot Q next to the new CSS wing with free parking after 4PM even when there is a basketball game on campus.