Recent results from the observational astronomy have brought a new focus on the potential connections between new fundamental particles and our understanding of their impact on the early universe. With the content of the universe well known from astrophysical observations, a key aspect is that 23% of the universe appears to consist of dark matter. If current theories are correct, the particle physics candidate for this matter may well be observed in ongoing direct and/or indirect dark matter detection experiments or at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). The current/upcoming results from XENON 100, CDMS, CoGeNT, LHC, PLANCK, AMS2, Fermi, IceCube and many other direct and indirect detection experiments are motivations behind organizing this workshop on Dark matter.
In this workshop, we plan to discuss various issues related to the realization of the well- motivated models and possible future experiments. Since the models are intricate and the experiments are complicated, we plan to examine possible avenues through which the connection between dark matter and particle physics models can be explored in the next round of results that will be available during spring and early summer of this year. Based on the available results from different experiment results up to summer, we will try to find out if any conclusion can be reached regarding the nature of the dark matter particle and based on our findings we will reevaluate our future search strategies for dark matter particle. The workshop will involve both theorists and experimentalists. The talks will address major theoretical models, current experimental data and the upcoming experiments.
The site of the workshop would be a great location for the leading scientists in the area of dark matter, especially since LUX (300 kg Liquid Xenon detector) experiment is located at the Sanford Underground Research Facility.
* All Talks will take place at:
Lead/Deadwood Middle School
234 South Main Street
Lead, SD 57754