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Light from Darkness? Searching for Dark Matter in the Sky
August 15, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Dark matter is believed to comprise five-sixths of the matter in the universe, and is one of the strongest pieces of evidence for new fundamental physics. But dark matter does not interact directly with light, making it very difficult to detect except by its gravity. Dr. Tracy Slatyer, Associate Professor of Physics at MIT, will describe how dark matter collisions might create observable signals, and how we can attempt to pick out those signals from telescope observations. In the last few years, such attempts have unveiled fascinating new structures in high-energy light: understanding these observations may either reveal the new physics of dark matter, or probe the deep history of our Milky Way Galaxy.
Tracy Slatyer joined the MIT Physics Department in July 2013 after completing a three‐year postdoctoral fellowship at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton. Dr. Slatyer completed her undergraduate work with honors in theoretical physics at the Australian National University in 2005 and her doctoral work in physics at Harvard in 2010 under the direction of Douglas Finkbeiner. She was promoted to Associate Professor in 2018.
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