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Add to Calendar 9/13/2019 12:00 pm 9/13/2019 America/Chicago High Energy Phenomenology Seminar: Ben Lillard (UIUC) "Constraining Sub-GeV Dark Matter with Liquid Scintillators" DESCRIPTION:

 Dark matter candidates with sub-GeV masses may create a visible signal in a liquid scintillator by scattering off of electrons in molecular orbitals. In particular, aromatic organic compounds such as benzene or xylene have small enough excitation energies that dark matter (DM) as light as a few MeV can create scintillation photons in the detector. In this talk we discuss how a kilogram-sized experiment with a small background event rate and a short exposure time can set strong constraints on the DM–electron cross section for DM masses of 2–100 MeV.

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High Energy Phenomenology Seminar: Ben Lillard (UIUC) "Constraining Sub-GeV Dark Matter with Liquid Scintillators"

Speaker Ben Lillard (UIUC)
Date: 9/13/2019
Time: 12 p.m.
Location: 464 Loomis
Event Contact: Brandy Shier
BSHIER@ILLINOIS.EDU
Sponsor: Department of Physics
Event Type: Seminar/Symposium
 

 Dark matter candidates with sub-GeV masses may create a visible signal in a liquid scintillator by scattering off of electrons in molecular orbitals. In particular, aromatic organic compounds such as benzene or xylene have small enough excitation energies that dark matter (DM) as light as a few MeV can create scintillation photons in the detector. In this talk we discuss how a kilogram-sized experiment with a small background event rate and a short exposure time can set strong constraints on the DM–electron cross section for DM masses of 2–100 MeV.

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