Discovery-HET Seminar: Patrick Fox (FNAL) – University of Copenhagen

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Discovery-HET Seminar: Patrick Fox (FNAL)

Speaker: Patrick Fox (Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory)

Title: Dark Matter without Astrophysics: Halo-independent methods at Direct Detection Experiments

Abstract: Underground searches for dark matter involve a complicated interplay of particle physics, nuclear physics, atomic physics and astrophysics. I will describe attempts to remove the uncertainties associated with astrophysics by developing the means to map the observed signal in one experiment directly into a predicted rate at another. It is possible to make experimental comparisons that are completely free of astrophysical uncertainties.   I will describe one recent approach that does not bin the data, and uses all available information, it is uniquely suited to the analysis of emerging DM direct detection hints. Applications of these approaches will be presented.