Friday, January 6, 2012
335 West Hall
Speaker: Tom Schwarz (Fermilab)Within the last few years, the hunt for dark matter has been both exciting and confusing. A handful of experiments have presented evidence for a possible dark matter signal at low mass, while several others have excluded these results. I will present two complimentary searches aimed at low mass dark matter: a novel direct detection experiment, DAMIC, specifically designed to have a low recoil energy threshold, as well as a recent collider-based search performed at the CDF experiment at the Tevatron.