Recent advances in 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 and its evolution.
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).
In addition, about 70% of the universe, the dark energy, still remains a significant mystery that major theoretical attempts are trying to understand.
In this workshop, we plan to discuss various issues related to the realization of the well-motivated connection between these two areas. Since the models are intricate and the experiments are complicated, we plan to examine possible avenues through which the connection can be explored.
The workshop will involve particle theorists, experimentalists, cosmologists and observational astronomers. The talks will address major theoretical models, current experimental data, the upcoming future experiments, and future possible experiments and accelerators that are at the proposal stage. Talks will be geared to be comprehensible to both particle physicists and astronomers.
Panel discussions involving the key leaders in energy, intensity and cosmic frontiers areas will be arranged to highlight the important issues that straddle the boundaries of these intersecting topics.