Workshop on "Ultralight Dark Matter"

Second annual workshop of the Group on Precision Measurements and Fundamental Constants

January 27, 2017

"Ultralight dark matter" is a one-day workshop organized by the APS Topical Group on Precision Measurements and Fundamental Constants (GPMFC). It will take place in Washington, DC on January 27, 2017 – the day before the APS April meeting begins. It will be held at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, the site of April Meeting 2017. The workshop on Friday will be complemented by a GPMFC invited session at the APS April meeting on the same subject on Saturday morning.

The goal of the workshop is to survey forefront efforts in searches for ultralight dark matter. The audience will consist of senior researchers, postdocs, and students who are using a wide variety of tools for the search for ultralight dark matter.

Workshop Schedule

8:50 Welcome
9:00 Mina Arvanitaki, Perimeter Institute, Canada
The principle of plenitude: new ideas in ultralight dark matter
9:45 Karl van Bibber, University of California, Berkeley
Progress in Microwave Cavity Searches for Dark Matter Axions
10:15 Coffee break
10:45 Caterina Braggio, INFN, University of Padova, ltaly
Magnetized media as detectors for galactic axions
11:15 Mike Pivovaroff, LLNL
The search for solar axions: results from CAST and plans for IAXO
11:45 Jesse Thaler, MIT
Prospects for Cosmic Axion Detection with ABRACADABRA
12:15 Lunch
13:45 Matthias Schott, University of Mainz, Germany
Status and Prospects of Light-Shining-Through-A-Wall
14:15 Derek Jackson Kimball, CSU-East Bay
Global Network of Optical Magnetometers for Exotic physics
14:45 Alex Sushkov, Boston University
CASPEr: the Cosmic Axion Spin Precession Experiment
15:15 Coffee and posters
16:15 Mike Snow, Indiana University, Bloomington
Searchers for Exotic Interactions with Neutrons and Nuclei
16:45 Lutz Trahms, PTB-Berlin, Germany
Nuclear spin precession in ultra low fields - a probe for ultralight dark matter
17:15 Andrew Geraci, University of Nevada, Reno
The Axion Resonant InterAction Detection Experiment (ARIADNE)

APS April meeting GPMFC Invited session (January 28, Saturday morning)

Dmitry Budker, Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz and University of California, Berkeley
Searching for ultralight dark matter with atomic spectroscopy and magnetic resonance
Andrei Derevianko, University of Nevada, Reno
First results for dark matter search with Global Positioning System
Yannis Semertzidis, IBS and KAIST, Daejeon, Republic of Korea
Overview of axion searches at KAIST

Workshop Registration

APS April meeting online registration deadline: January 6, 2017

(1) If you are attending APS April 2017 meeting, register for the Friday workshop when you are registering for the April meeting at Check the “GPMFC WORKSHOP: Ultralight Dark Matter” box on the registration form.

To encourage and support the student attendance of the workshop, the student registration fee is only $25 – there is a separate box for the student workshop registration.

Note that April meeting has an option to attend for one day, this will include Saturday morning session.

(2) If you are not attending April meeting, fill in the April meeting form only for the workshop registration and e-mail to Don Wise at APS at with a subject line “Registration for the GPMFC workshop” or fax to (301) 209-3652 (address the fax to Don Wise). He will register you. This cannot be done via online registration.

Poster Session

Posters are highly encouraged!
The workshop will include a poster session. To submit a poster, e-mail you name, affiliation, and a title of your poster to Number of posters at the poster session is limited due to the space constraints so e-mail your poster title as soon as possible. If you are giving a talk/poster at the April meeting relevant to the subject of the workshop, you may still submit poster on the same subject at the workshop.

Contact Information

If you have any questions about the workshop e-mail Marianna Safronova at

Workshop Organizers
John Doyle (Harvard University, GPMFC Chair)
Dmitry Budker (Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz and University of California, Berkeley)
Marianna Safronova (University of Delaware)