SPACE AND COSMIC RAY PHYSICS SEMINAR

University of Maryland
Atlantic 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.