The Dark Side of the Universe

Pauline Gagnon
Event Date and Time: 
Thu, 2016-10-13 14:00 - 15:00
TRIUMF Auditorium

Since the discovery of the Higgs boson, particle physics now has a complete theory to describe the material world that surrounds us: everything on Earth and in all stars and galaxies. But all this visible matter only accounts for 5% of the content of the Universe. The rest is called dark matter and dark energy but it remains completely mysterious. This is the biggest challenge in particle physics today. I will first review the evidence for the existence of dark matter coming from astronomy and cosmology, then describe the various ongoing experiments that try to detect it on Earth, deep at the bottom of mines as well as on-board the International Space Station. This will be an opportunity to explore how two infinities meet when particle physics attempt to provide answers on the dark side of the Universe.

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