Howard L. Schultz, Sr. Prize Lecture: Kerstin Perez, Columbia University, “Scanning the Sky for Dark Matter: New Windows on Astroparticle Interactions”

Event time: 
Friday, April 28, 2023 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Sloane Physics Laboratory SPL, Room 59 See map
217 Prospect Street
New Haven, CT 06511

Event description: 

The nature of dark matter is a driving question of 21st century physics. Dark matter particle interactions could imprint characteristic signals in cosmic-ray and multi-wavelength observations of the sky. The central challenge is to distinguish these signatures from similar spectra produced by standard astrophysical processes, such as the life and death of stars and the interactions of cosmic rays with interstellar material. I will review my group’s research, which spans from opening new windows onto antinuclei signatures of dark matter, as enabled by novel Si detector technology, to delivering new insights on both light dark matter and stellar backgrounds to these searches, as enabled by novel X-ray observation strategies.
Host: Society of Physics Students (