Chicago’s Dark Matter: WIMPs of the Underground

Thursday, December 9, 2010 @ 12:00pm

Event Info

Admission

$10 advance tickets; $15 at the door; $5 for students.

Venue

Hughes Auditorium, Northwestern University Chicago Campus

303 East Superior Street

Chicago, 

IL 

60611

Presenter

Chicago Council on Science and Technology

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: it is 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.

SPEAKERS:
Dr. Juan Collar
Dr. Rocky Kolb
Dr. Carlos Wagner

5 pm: Reception & registration
6 pm: Presentation followed by Q&A

For more information on tickets, visit the Chicago Council on Science and Technology online.