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Noah A. Kurinsky
Over the last few years, a growing community of scientists has begun to explore the prospect of dark matter lighter than the proton (sub- GeV), which cannot currently be detected with conventional laboratory-based searches. This workshop, “New Directions in the Search for Light Dark Matter”, aims to bring together the various international communities, both experimental and theoretical, working on new technologies and models for light dark matter, in order to explore the feasibility and naturalness of these new ideas.
Paul Hess, Visiting Assistant Professor of Physics at Middlebury College, will visit the Jayich group at UC Santa Barbara to study molecular ions that are promising systems to discover new sources of symmetry violation responsible for the absence of anti-matter in the Universe. The collaboration will perform the spectroscopy necessary to plan precision measurements for controlling these molecules at the level of single quantum states.
Dr. Protopapas’ visit will bring the power and flexibility of machine-learning approaches to bear on the next frontier of gravitational-wave searches; namely, using precise radio observations of pulsars to make a Galactic net of clocks that can catch gravitational-wave emission from supermassive binary black-hole systems. With the ever increasing volume of data being collected, and some noise processes challenging to filter, deep-learning is an exciting tool to deploy on this new portion of the gravitational-wave landscape.
For the analysis of the data collected by the DAMIC experiment at SNOLAB to search for dark matter, and to discuss future directions and technologies for dark matter direct detection at the Center for Experimental Nuclear Physics and Astrophysics (CENPA) at the University of Washington.
We are planning an experiment at the University of Washington to limit or measure the Fierz interference effect in the beta energy spectrum of Helium-6, a heavy isotope of helium, to a precision of less than 0.1%. The presence of this effect, predicted to be zero in the Standard Model of particle physics, may provide hints of new physics.
Our collaboration involves utilizing S matrix techniques for the purposes of making precision predictions for gravity waves produced in binary inspirals.
This workshop is dedicated to an in-depth discussion and sharing of scientific and technical knowledge around the subject of novel searches for ultralight dark matter candidates such as axions, axion-like particles, and dark/hidden photons. The meeting will bring together leading theorists and the experimental teams working on the Cosmic Axion Spin Precession Experiment (CASPEr) and the Dark Matter Radio (DM Radio) projects.
Dr. Catalina Curceanu, head researcher at the Laboratori Nazionali di Frascati of INFN in Italy, will visit the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, to discuss with Prof. Stephen L. Adler experiments testing collapse models in the underground laboratory of Gran Sasso (Italy). Her research aims towards a more profound understanding of the role of quantum theory in the Universe, and has implications for future quantum technologies.
Prof. Nick Hutzler at the California Institute of Technology and Prof. Jinjun Liu at the University of Louisville will collaborate on the investigation of polyatomic molecules as candidates for detection of time-reversal symmetry violation using novel high-precision laser-spectroscopy techniques and quantitative analysis of the spin-ro-vibronic structure of the target molecules.
The purpose of the visit is to personally meet with collaborators at CERN and nearby institutions to coordinate our efforts in realizing the proposed FASER experiment. FASER, the ForwArd Search ExpeRiment, is a new experimental approach to search for light new physics at the LHC.