Accelerators as windows to the dark sector: the DarkLight experiment and the hunt for a new boson
Jess McIver and Georg Rieger
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The nature of dark matter and its relationship to the Standard Model is one of the highest priority open questions in particle physics today. Accelerator-based experiments are a powerful tool in the search for dark matter and the new bosons that may mediate its interactions with the known particles. The DarkLight experiment will search for such a new boson with suppressed couplings to protons in an important uncovered low-mass range. DarkLight will be based at the TRIUMF electron linear accelerator and will pave the way for this unique machine to drive other future experiments.
Kate is an experimental particle physicist whose research focuses on searches for new particles. She was a part of the ATLAS collaboration for more than 10 years but is now focusing on the new DarkLight experiment at TRIUMF. She got her BSc from the University of Victoria and her PhD from the University of Oxford. She worked as a postdoc first at Simon Fraser University and then at Duke University before beginning her current position as a TRIUMF research scientist.
For more information on the DarkLight project, see this article: DarkLight: a new particle search at TRIUMF.