Dark matter detection and detectability: paradigm confirmation or shift?

Coordinators: Laura Baudis, Mike Boylan-Kolchin, and Simona Murgia

Scientific Advisors: Graciela Gelmini, Julio Navarro, and Josh Simon

The search for dark matter---one of the pillars of current cosmological thought---has entered a new phase. Direct detection experiments have so far come up largely empty-handed, the largest particle accelerators have shown no convincing departures from the Standard Model, high-energy astrophysics has provided conflicting clues that have proved difficult to interpret, and kinematic measurements have signaled the possibility of a breakdown of the Lambda Cold Dark Matter paradigm on the scale of the smallest galaxies. These are all contentious issues where consensus has not yet been reached, but have encouraged discussion on whether the detection of dark matter might actually be beyond experimental reach, whether we should reevaluate search strategies, or perhaps, start considering theories, once heretical, which question the validity of general relativity. These are issues that appeal to theoretical physicists, particle astrophysicists, and astronomers alike. This conference aims to bring together these diverse communities to discuss the state of the art in dark matter searches and the health of the LCDM paradigm on the smallest scales.

PLEASE NOTE: During the conference there will be an opportunity to present a poster. If you are interested in presenting a poster please visit the conference website and submit your title and abstract. Each poster board is 4 feet high x 6 feet wide. We ask that the posters be no larger than 44 inches high x 34 inches wide at the most. The deadline for poster submissions is March 11, 2018.


2018

Monday, Apr 30, 2018

  • Chair: Graciela Gelmini (UCLA) 08:50AM The theory of dark matter Main Seminar Room

    Talks are 20 min + 10 min discussion

    • 08:50AM Mark Bowick (KITP) Welcome
    • 09:00AM Celine Boehm (Durham) Debate 1 (Theory)
    • 09:30AM Alex Kusenko (UCLA) Debate 1 (Theory)
    • 10:00AM All - Discussion
  • 10:30AM MORNING BREAK KITP Courtyard

     

  • 11:00AM Main Seminar Room

     

    • 11:00AM Erik Verlinde (UvA) Emergent Gravity or Dark Matter
    • 11:30AM Dan Hooper (U Chicago) In Defense of Dark Matter
  • 12:00PM LUNCH BREAK Main Seminar Room

     

  • Chair: Anne Green (Nottingham) 02:00PM Main Seminar Room

    Talks are 20 min + 10 min discussion

    • 02:00PM Tim Tait (UCI) Dark Messages from Accelerators
    • 02:30PM Tongyan Lin (UCSD) Low mass dark matter and direct detection prospects
    • 03:00PM Flip Tanedo (UC Riverside) Composite mediators
  • 03:30PM AFTERNOON BREAK KITP Courtyard

     

  • 04:00PM Main Seminar Room

     

    • 04:00PM Neal Weiner (NYU) Halometry from Astrometry
    • 04:30PM All - Discussion
  • 05:30PM SHUTTLE TO BWSCI KITP Courtyard

     

2018

Monday, Apr 30, 2018

  • Chair: Graciela Gelmini (UCLA) 08:50AM The theory of dark matter Main Seminar Room

    Talks are 20 min + 10 min discussion

    • 08:50AM Mark Bowick (KITP) Welcome
    • 09:00AM Celine Boehm (Durham) Debate 1 (Theory)
    • 09:30AM Alex Kusenko (UCLA) Debate 1 (Theory)
    • 10:00AM All - Discussion
  • 10:30AM MORNING BREAK KITP Courtyard

     

  • 11:00AM Main Seminar Room

     

    • 11:00AM Erik Verlinde (UvA) Emergent Gravity or Dark Matter
    • 11:30AM Dan Hooper (U Chicago) In Defense of Dark Matter
  • 12:00PM LUNCH BREAK Main Seminar Room

     

  • Chair: Anne Green (Nottingham) 02:00PM Main Seminar Room

    Talks are 20 min + 10 min discussion

    • 02:00PM Tim Tait (UCI) Dark Messages from Accelerators
    • 02:30PM Tongyan Lin (UCSD) Low mass dark matter and direct detection prospects
    • 03:00PM Flip Tanedo (UC Riverside) Composite mediators
  • 03:30PM AFTERNOON BREAK KITP Courtyard

     

  • 04:00PM Main Seminar Room

     

    • 04:00PM Neal Weiner (NYU) Halometry from Astrometry
    • 04:30PM All - Discussion
  • 05:30PM SHUTTLE TO BWSCI KITP Courtyard

     

2018

Tuesday, May 01, 2018

  • Chair: Josh Simon (Carnegie) 09:00AM Astrophysics and simulations Main Seminar Room

    Talks are 20 min + 10 min discussion

    • 09:00AM Carlos Frenk (Durham) Debate 2 (Astro)
    • 09:30AM Stacy McGaugh (Maryland) Debate 2 (Astro)
    • 10:00AM All - Discussion
  • 10:30AM MORNING BREAK KITP Courtyard

     

  • 11:00AM Main Seminar Room

     

    • 11:00AM Manoj Kaplinghat (UCI) Diverse Rotation Curves and an Acceleration Scale In Self-interacting Dark Matter Models
    • 11:30AM Alyson Brooks (Rutgers) Understanding Dwarf Galaxies in order to Understand Dark Matter
    • 12:00PM Raymond Carlberg (U Toronto) CDM sub-halos and gaps in tidal streams
  • 12:30PM LUNCH BREAK KITP Courtyard

     

  • Chair: Mike Boylan-Kolchin (U. Texas) 02:00PM Main Seminar Room

    Talks are 20 min + 10 min discussion

    • 02:00PM Annika Peter (OSU) A golden era for dark matter physics with new astronomical facilities
    • 02:30PM Justin Read (Surrey) Evidence for dark matter heating up in dwarf galaxies
    • 03:00PM Matthias Steinmetz (Postdam) Constraints on dark matter in the Milky Way and the Local Group
  • 03:30PM AFTERNOON BREAK KITP Courtyard

     

  • 04:00PM Main Seminar Room

     

    • 04:00PM Katie Mack (NC State) Dark matter, first light
    • 04:30PM Andrew Newman (Carnegie) Mapping Dark Matter in Galaxies Large and Small
    • 05:00PM Neelima Sehgal (Stony Brook) Measuring the Small-Scale Matter Power Spectrum with High-Resolution CMB Lensing
  • 05:30PM RECEPTION KITP Courtyard

     

  • 06:00PM SPECIAL EVENTS DINNER KITP Courtyard

     

  • 08:00PM SHUTTLE TO BWSCI KITP Courtyard

     

2018

Wednesday, May 02, 2018

  • Chair: Simona Murgia (UC Irvine) 09:00AM Indirect detection Main Seminar Room

    Talks are 20 min + 10 min discussion

    • 09:00AM Shunsaku Horiuchi (Virginia Tech) Debate 4 (Indirect detection)
    • 09:30AM Tim Linden (OSU) Debate 4 (Indirect detection)
    • 10:00AM All - Discussion
  • 10:30AM MORNING BREAK KITP Courtyard

     

  • 11:00AM Main Seminar Room

     

    • 11:00AM Jordan Mirocha (UCLA) The first highly-redshifted 21-cm detection from EDGES: implications for dark matter and galaxy formation
    • 11:30AM Kev Abazajian (UCI) Sterile Neutrino Dark Matter: Searches in X-ray Astronomy and Signatures in Galaxy Formation
    • 12:00PM Tesla Jeltema (UCSC) Multiwavelength Indirect Dark Matter Detection and RX-DMFIT
  • 12:30PM LUNCH BREAK KITP Courtyard

     

  • 02:00PM FREE AFTERNOON-Shuttle Available to BWSCI KITP Courtyard

     

2018

Thursday, May 03, 2018

  • Chair: Laura Baudis (U Zurich) 09:00AM Direct detection Main Seminar Room

    Talks are 20 min + 10 min discussion

    • 09:00AM Jocelyn Monroe (Royal Holloway) Debate 3 (Direct detection)
    • 09:30AM Rouven Essig (Stony Brook) Debate 3 (Direct detection)
    • 10:00AM All - Discussion
  • 10:30AM MORNING BREAK KITP Courtyard

     

  • 11:00AM Main Seminar Room

     

    • 11:00AM Anne Green (Nottingham) Are Primordial Black Holes a viable CDM candidate?
    • 11:30AM Elena Aprile (Columbia U) Noble liquid for WIMP searches
    • 12:00PM Dan McKinsey (UC Berkeley) Superfluid Helium for Sub-GeV Dark Matter Detection
  • 12:30PM LUNCH BREAK KITP Courtyard

     

  • Chair: Elena Aprile (Columbia U) 02:00PM Main Seminar Room

    Talks are 20 min + 10 min discussion

    • 02:00PM Jodi Cooley-Sekula (SMU) Overview of mK Dark Matter Detectors and Low Mass WIMP Searches
    • 02:30PM Claudia Frugiuele (WIS) Dark matter searches at fixed target experiments
    • 03:00PM All - Discussion
  • 03:30PM AFTERNOON BREAK KITP Courtyard

     

  • 04:00PM Main Seminar Room

     

    • 04:00PM Asher Berlin (SLAC) Dark sector searches with SeaQuest
    • 04:30PM Nassim Bozorgnia (Durham University) From cosmological simulations to dark matter direct detection
  • 05:30PM RECEPTION KITP Courtyard

     

  • 06:00PM SPECIAL EVENTS DINNER KITP Courtyard

     

  • 08:00PM 8:00pm SHUTTLE TO BWSCI KITP Courtyard

     

2018

Friday, May 04, 2018

  • Chair: Julio Navarro (UVIC) 09:00AM The path forward Main Seminar Room

    Talks are 20 min + 10 min discussion

    • 09:00AM Lisa Randall (Harvard) Debate 5 (The path forward)
    • 09:30AM Jonathan Feng (UCI) Debate 5 (The path forward) Dark Matter: Back to the Future
    • 10:00AM All - Discussion
  • 10:30AM MORNING BREAK KITP Courtyard

     

  • 11:00AM Main Seminar Room

     

    • 11:00AM Simona Vegetti (MPA Garching) Constraining the properties of dark matter with milli-lensing
    • 11:30AM Vera Glusevic (IAS) Cosmological searches for dark matter-baryon interactions
    • 12:00PM Gordan Krnjaic (Fermilab) TBA
  • 12:30PM LUNCH BREAK KITP Courtyard

     

  • 02:00PM CONFERENCE END-SHUTTLE TO BWSCI *Also available to SB Airport and SB Airbus, Goleta location. (See Registration Desk BEFORE FRIDAY to sign up.) KITP Courtyard

     

2018

Saturday, May 05, 2018

No talks scheduled.

2018

Sunday, May 06, 2018

No talks scheduled.