From Darkness to Light: The Search for Axions and Other New Physics

From Darkness to Light: The Search for Axions and Other New Physics

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January 27, 2020 | 4 - 5 p.m. | UNC Greensboro's Petty Building, Room 136

Presented by Dr. Danielle Speller
Postdoctoral Associate
Department of Physics
Yale University

Free and open to the public

Presented as part of the RISE Speaker Series

The illusive nature of dark matter has puzzled physicists and astronomers for decades. Scientists around the globe are actively searching for the undiscovered, invisible matter that seems to comprise over 85 percent of the mass density of the observable universe.

Axions are an increasingly popular dark matter candidate that originally arose as part of an effort to address the surprising preservation of charge-parity symmetry in some particle physics interactions.

In this talk, we will discuss the search for axions, some of the questions that they address, and the exciting role of new technologies in the search for new physics.

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Dr. Danielle H. Speller is a postdoc in experimental physics at Yale University, working at the intersection of astrophysics, particle physics, nuclear physics, and cosmology.