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Event Number 3624

  Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

NPAC (Nuclear/Particle/Astro/Cosmo) Forum
Faculty Candidate Seminar
It's a Marvel: LZ and the Next Era of Dark Matter Searches
Time: 4:00 pm
Place: 4274 Chamberlin
Speaker: Kim Palladino, SLAC
Abstract: Evidence for the existence of Dark Matter from astronomical observations abounds, while experimentalists are still in pursuit of a confirmed particle identity. We are on the brink of a new era of dark matter candidate detection for both canonical weakly interacting massive particles (WIMPs) and a greater variety of other candidates. The LZ detector will be a liquid xenon time projection chamber designed to have world leading sensitivity to a wide range of WIMP masses. It will follow on the success of the LUX and ZEPLIN projects, but pursue a number of refinements, including a large drift field over more than a meter, requiring extensive testing in the System Test platform under construction at SLAC. The field will not stay still as a LZ result is expected, and I will also preview the exciting dark matter studies to keep one's eyes out for at this start of a new, marvelous era.
Host: Dasu
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