New directions for the detection of light dark matter
Christina Zhou (email@example.com)
*All are welcome to this event!
Dark matter remains one of the central mysteries of cosmology and particle physics. Here, I introduce a new set of strategies in the search for the universe's missing mass. I will present a series of recent theoretical developments that predict that molecules and nano-materials are optimal targets to use in next-gen detectors looking for dark matter beyond the weak scale. I will show that molecular detectors can be sensitive to the direction of the dark matter wind, producing daily-modulating signals. Additionally I will show that semiconducting nano-crystals (quantum dots) can produce inherently low-noise signals following dark-matter induced excitations. Finally, I will advocate for the further development of the theoretical formalism underlying these novel strategies and comment on emerging collaborations that aim to rapidly develop and deploy these promising detectors.
Carlos Blanco completed his PhD at the Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics at the University of Chicago, and is currently working at Princeton University as a postdoctoral Research Associate.
View Carlos' web profile here
See past publications via INSPIRE website here
See a YouTube video of Carlos speaking on "New Directions in Dark Matter Direct Detection" from March 02, 2022