Carnegie Mellon University

Bennett-McWilliams Lecture 2017: Dan Akerib

Jocelyn Duffy

Bullett ClusterDo WIMPs rule in the hunt for dark matter? – Learn more about dark matter and the current state of the search for dark matter particles when Stanford physicist Dan Akerib presents Carnegie Mellon University’s Bennett-McWilliams Lecture in Cosmology on Thursday, Oct. 26, at 4:30 p.m. in the Gates-Hillman Center’s Rashid Auditorium. Akerib’s lecture, hosted by Carnegie Mellon’s McWilliams Center for Cosmology, will be geared towards a general audience and is free and open to the public. This is the fifth in a series of public lectures on cosmology funded by Carnegie Mellon alumni Fred Bennett (S’86) and Bruce McWilliams (S’78, ’81).

The lecture, titled “Do WIMPs Rule? The Search for Cosmic Dark Matter,” will address one of the most profound mysteries of physics – dark matter. While researchers have made a great deal of progress through observations of dark matter’s gravitational effects on other astronomical objects, individual dark matter particles have yet to be detected. Akerib will survey the evidence for dark matter and will describe current and future searches to detect the effects of single dark matter particles, focusing on the LUX and LUX-ZEPLIN experiments. These experiments use a liquefied xenon target to detect weakly interacting massive particles (WIMPs).