Colloquia 2006

Searches for Dark-Matter Axions

Dr. Darin Kinion
(LLNL/ UC Berkeley)

Date
4pm, Thursday, 27 April

Location
School of Physics Common Room
Room 64 Old Main Building
The University of New South Wales

Abstract
The axion is a hypothetical elementary particle whose existence would explain the unexpected absence of CP violation in strong interactions. Its properties also make it a good dark-matter candidate. Although dark-matter axions could account for the majority of mass in the universe, they are extraordinarily difficult to detect. Groups around the world deploy exquisitely sensitive axion detectors, each one is an elegant instrument and beyond state-of-the-art in novel ways. This colloquium will review the role of the axion in particle and astrophysics and will explore the various methods employed in the search.

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