Ever wonder what goes on at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory? The SLAC Public Lecture Series is your chance to find out! Every other month, SLAC opens its doors to the local community for an evening lecture highlighting the cutting-edge science happening at the laboratory. From the nanotechnology of diamonds to the latest Higgs Boson discoveries, SLAC public lectures provide non-scientists with a unique insight into the workings of our universe.
Cosmic Clue: The Dark Matter Mystery
The universe is full of giant structures like galaxies and clusters of galaxies. What holds them together? Over the past century, many diverse observations indicate that the glue holding these objects together is the gravitational pull of an invisible, elusive substance called dark matter. The evidence suggests that dark matter makes up 85 percent of the matter in the universe. But, though we know that this dark matter exists, we do not know what it is. This lecture will sift through the evidence on dark matter using the same questions invoked to solve a murder mystery in the game Clue: Who? Where? What? Could the answers be "Neutralino, in a dwarf galaxy, seen with gamma rays"? Our game of Cosmic Clue is ongoing and scientists are hot on the trails of a number of suspects.
Lecture will be held at the Panofsky Auditorium (the New Science and User Support Building)
Registration is no longer required! Please RSVP here to receive reminders
Watch the live stream on November 17th, 2015, 7:30 pm
Andrea Albert first learned about the mysterious dark matter of the universe in high school. As an undergraduate at Rice University, she became fascinated with this and other questions on the boundary between astrophysics and particle physics. She went to graduate school at the Ohio State University, where she joined the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope group to search for rare, faint signals from dark matter interactions. She continues this research at SLAC, where she is also working on the design of a next-generation gamma-ray telescope.