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Andrew Cheek – Making the Most of Direct Detection

Event Details

McDonald Institute Seminar Series

Location: Rm 501 Sterling Hall, Queen's University, Kingston ON

Date: September 27, 2018

Time: 2:30pm - 3:30pm

Making the Most of Direct Detection

Andrew Cheek (IPPP Durham University)

Abstract: Observing Dark Matter through Direct Detection (DD) has been the objective of physicists for decades. Experiments have successfully eliminated large areas of parameter space and with the neutrino floor, we may soon reach the limit. It’s prudent now to make sure we optimise this technology and are fully aware of what can be learnt. To do this we move to the a Non-Relativistic Effective Theory (NRET) and relax our assumptions about the halo model. I will talk about my work arxiv:1802.03174, which introduced a new computational technique to analyse data quickly in higher dimensions than usual. Then I will report on current work which focuses on the benefits that can come from widening the region of interest in Direct Detection experiments.