Physics Research Conference
Thursday, April 4, 2019
4:00pm to 5:00pmAdd to Cal
East Bridge 201 (Richard P. Feynman Lecture Hall)
Dark Matter direct detection at a crossroads
Ranny Budnik, Senior Scientist, Weizmann Institute,
The hunt for Dark Matter is reaching at a crossroads - after a decade of incredible pace, where five orders of magnitude in parameter space were covered, no unambiguous signal has emerged for interaction between the alleged particles and our normal, baryonic matter. The next generation detectors, aiming at another order of magnitude sensitivity increase, are on the runway, and the question of what will be next takes interesting turns. I will cover the evidence for the existence of Dark Matter, present the state of the art results from the XENON1T experiment, and play with some novel ideas for the next step, trying to move the lamppost to where Dark Matter may still stay hidden.