High Energy Physics Seminar
Speaker: Adam Martin, Notre Dame
Title: “Discovering Dark Matter at High Nuclear Recoil”
Refreshments available at 1:30 pm.
Date: Tue, 28 Nov 2017, 1:45 pm – 2:45 pm
Location: 1400 BPS Bldg.
While limits from dark matter direct detection are strengthening every year, the current experiments are largely blind to situations where dark matter must up-scatter into an excited state when it hits a nucleus. This ‘inelastic’ dark matter is easy to engineer and is even present in corners of the MSSM. In this talk I will explain why current experiments are so insensitive to inelastic dark matter, then propose a simple modification — looking for dark matter at high nuclear recoil — that will allow existing experiments to constrain (or discover!) inelastic dark matter using existing data.