Particle Physics in Birmingham

Particle Physics Seminar

Wednesday 1st March 2017 at 13:30
Poynting Small Lecture Theatre

(tea, coffee and biscuits served at 13:15)

Galactic Signatures and Directional Detection of Particle Dark Matter: the CYGNUS Project and Probing below the Neutrino Floor

Neil Spooner (Sheffield University)


I'll briefly review the arguments for and status of particle dark matter searches and then focus on the possibility of looking for a definitive galactic signature. There have been several hints for WIMP dark matter over the years, most notably the DAM/LIBRE annual modulation result. There are new efforts to study this, for instance DM-ICE at the South Pole. I'll describe the efforts and latest results then focus on prospects for a directional signal using gas Time Projection Chamber technology including the new CYGNUS global collaboration aiming to deploy targets at multiple latitudes deep underground.