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
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