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"New Directions in the Search for Dark Matter" by Bradley James Kavanagh (Monday 18th march 2024)

The Seminars and Training Committee kindly invites you to the following Periodical Lecture:

04 March 2024

New Directions in the Search for Dark Matter

Bradley James KAVANAGH, Instituto de Física de Cantabria (CSIC)

Monday, 18 Mar 2024
12:00 PM 
ICMAB - Sala d'Actes Carles Miravitlles/ONLINE


The identity of around 20% of the matter in the Universe remains unknown. This "Dark Matter" (DM) is essential to explain a range of cosmological and astrophysical observations, but cannot be in the form of standard baryonic Matter such as protons or neutrons. Given that DM is likely to be an as-yet-undiscovered particle, its properties may shed light on New Physics beyond the Standard Model. I will present an overview of the evidence for DM and efforts to search for it in astronomical observations and dedicated lab-based searches. In recent years, the community's attention has broadened to take in a wider range of possible candidates for particle DM. I will focus on new strategies to search for these particles, and what we could learn from a future detection.

Short bio

I obtained my PhD in 2014 from the University of Nottingham in the UK, followed by post-docs at the LPTHE in Paris, and the GRAPPA Institute in Amsterdam. I moved to IFCA, Santander in 2020 as a postdoc, then as a Ramón y Cajal fellow, and finally as a CSIC Cientifico Titular, starting in 2024.

My main research interest is in Dark Matter (DM), understanding what signals of DM might look like, and studying new ways to search for particle DM. One of my main roles at IFCA is in facilitating communication between the Particle Physics and Cosmology Groups, to develop new interdisciplinary research lines in Dark Matter.

Hosted by Lourdes Fàbrega, ICMAB-CSIC
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