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Heart of Darkness - The Hunt for Dark Matter
Bio: Prof. Matthew Szydagis received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. He is now an Assistant Professor at the University at Albany studying experimental astroparticle physics, in particular direct detection of dark matter WIMPs (Weakly Interacting Massive Particles), and general detector development for rare event searches. Title: Heart of Darkness -- The Hunt for Dark Matter Abstract: The elusive dark matter particle has eluded direct detection for decades. A common feature in Star Trek episodes, usually appearing in the form of a concentrated nebula, I will discuss the real science behind dark matter, what we think it could really be, and what its properties are. I will talk about the world-leading detector technologies based on fluids and crystals for the detection of dark matter underground, in colliders, and in space

Coykendall Science Building Auditorium

1 Hawk Drive · New Paltz, NY

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The Mid-Hudson Astronomical Association is a gathering point for people interested in Astronomy and Science in the Mid-Hudson Valley. We organize a monthly lecture series, as well as monthly observing sessions at dark sky sites in the Hudson Valley, and public and educational events. To become a supporting member of the MHAA, go to http://join.midhudsonastro.org . Dues are $25 per year. Our members are available to make presentations or arrange for public observations of the night sky or the sun and to help beginners learn how to get started in astronomy.

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