Particle Physics in Birmingham

Particle Physics Seminar

Wednesday 27th October 2021 at 13:30

(virtual coffee served at 13:15)

Dark Matter and Axion Searches

Babette Dobrich (CERN)


The puzzle of what constitutes Dark Matter is arguably one of the most pressing issues in contemporary physics. Given the increasing number of null-results in attempts to find Dark Matter candidates at very high energy scales, a paradigm shift has taken place during the past few years: A well-motivated DM candidate exists at much smaller masses, called the axion, and a steep increase of experiments to try to find it can be seen In this talk we'll review the axion and review two newer attempts to unveil it: One using fixed-target beams and one using a direct detection method with high-frequency RF structures.