Chicago's Dark Matter: WIMPs of the Underground
Thursday December 9, 2010
303 East Superior
5pm Reception & Registration
6pm Presentation followed by Q&A
$10 Advance Reg / $15 Door / $5 Student
Discounted parking will be made available to the first 50 attendees at the 222 E. Huron St. garage.
The next decade will be the decade of the WIMP, the best candidate for dark matter. Astronomers tell us dark matter exists, as well as how much there is. Cosmologists have a simple, elegant, compelling explanation for dark matter: a weakly interacting massive particle (WIMP) that was produced in the primordial soup. If WIMPs are the dark matter, we should be on the threshold of producing them at accelerators like CERN or Fermilab, or detecting the relic WIMPs underground. We should soon know if WIMPs are the answer, or just another simple, elegant, and compelling, but wrong, explanation.