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Add to Calendar 4/18/2018 4:00 pm 4/18/2018 America/Chicago Physics Colloquium: Axel Lecture - "Searching for Dark Matter" DESCRIPTION:

Dark matter is among the most important mysteries in physics and astronomy today. There are compelling arguments that dark matter particles are a class of weakly-interacting massive particles, or WIMPs, that arise naturally in physics beyond the Standard Model. WIMP searches using various low-energy detectors have been conducted around the globe for nearly thirty years, with dramatic improvements in scale and sensitivity. After a brief overview of the field, I will focus on a Chinese dark matter experiment, PandaX-II, running in the Jinping Underground Lab, in Sichuan Province. The PandaX-II detector uses 580kg ultrapure liquid xenon as the detection target, and has a record sensitivity about ~0.1 events/ton×day. The most recent results with an exposure of 54 ton×day data will be shown and discussed. The future running and upgrading plan of the PandaX experiment will be presented, along with the prospect of building the world's “ultimate WIMP dark matter detector” in the next decade.

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Xiangdong Ji, Maryland University

141 Loomis

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Physics Colloquium: Axel Lecture - "Searching for Dark Matter"

Speaker Xiangdong Ji, Maryland University
Date: 4/18/2018
Time: 4 p.m.
Location:

141 Loomis

Event Contact: Stephanie Johansson
217-300-4241
sjohanss@illinois.edu
Sponsor:

Department of Physics

Event Type: Seminar/Symposium
 

Dark matter is among the most important mysteries in physics and astronomy today. There are compelling arguments that dark matter particles are a class of weakly-interacting massive particles, or WIMPs, that arise naturally in physics beyond the Standard Model. WIMP searches using various low-energy detectors have been conducted around the globe for nearly thirty years, with dramatic improvements in scale and sensitivity. After a brief overview of the field, I will focus on a Chinese dark matter experiment, PandaX-II, running in the Jinping Underground Lab, in Sichuan Province. The PandaX-II detector uses 580kg ultrapure liquid xenon as the detection target, and has a record sensitivity about ~0.1 events/ton×day. The most recent results with an exposure of 54 ton×day data will be shown and discussed. The future running and upgrading plan of the PandaX experiment will be presented, along with the prospect of building the world's “ultimate WIMP dark matter detector” in the next decade.

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