Physics workshops in collaboration with the World Science Festival,  May 30, 2019

Location: The main conference room at the Center of Theoretical Physics, Pupin Hall (8th floor), Columbia University

Advanced Physics Workshop: New Theories and Probes of Dark Matter

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30 May 2019

Advanced Physics Workshop: New Theories and Probes of Dark Matter

Organized by: Justin Khoury, Professor of Physics and Astronomy, U. Pennsylvania and Lam Hui, Professor of Astronomy, Columbia University.

Dark matter is a pillar of the standard model of cosmology, making up one quarter of the total mass/energy budget of the universe. Yet its fundamental particle nature remains unknown. The last decade has witnessed a surge of activity in exploring of theories of dark matter beyond traditional Weakly Interacting Massive Particles. These theories often make distinctive predictions for the dark matter distribution on small, non-linear scales. In turn, these predictions can be probed by ongoing experiments, such as the Gaia satellite. This one-day workshop will explore novel theoretical ideas and new observational probes of dark matter.

Confirmed speakers:

  • Neal Dalal (Perimeter)
  • Sergei Dubovsky (NYU)
  • Mariangela Lisanti (Princeton)
  • Robyn Sanderson (Penn/CCA)
  • Erik Verlinde (Amsterdam)
  • Risa Wechsler (KIPAC / Stanford & SLAC)


8:30-9:15 Coffee/breakfast
9:15-9:30 Opening remarks
9:30-10:15 Mariangela Lisanti (Princeton)
Testing the Nature of Dark Matter with Galactic Dynamics
10:15-11:00 Sergei Dubovsky (NYU)
Looking for axions with astrophysical black holes
11:00-11:30 Coffee break
11:30-12:15 Risa Wechsler (KIPAC / Stanford & SLAC)
Learning about dark matter from the smallest galaxies
12:15-14:00 Lunch
14:00-14:45 Robyn Sanderson (Penn/CCA)
Constraints on alternatives to cold dark matter from galactic dynamics
14:45-15:30 Neal Dalal (Perimeter)
Probing dark matter with dusty galaxies
15:30-16:00 Coffee break
Erik Verlinde (Amsterdam)
Can a theory of emergent gravity explain the dark matter phenomenon?
16:45-17:00 Closing remarks
17:00-19:00 Reception (TBD)