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HET BROWN BAG SEMINAR | The Vector Portal: A Window to a Dark Sector

Wednesday, October 7, 2015
12:00 AM
3481 Randall Laboratory

An emerging paradigm in particle physics is the possibility that new matter resides in its own sector — a Dark Sector (DS) —  connected to the Standard Model via a portal. In this talk I will focus on a well-motivated example of such a scenario: the vector portal. I will discuss two distinct phases of the theory. In one, matter in the DS is uncharged under the known forces and is a viable candidate for light Dark Matter. In the other phase of this framework, matter in the DS can instead acquire a non-quantized electromagnetic charge. Finally, I describe proposals for new small-scale experiments to sharply test the different phases of the vector portal.