Northwestern University

Mon 4:00 PM

Special Seminar, Jonathan Ouellette: Searches for New Physics at the Edge of Absolute Zero

When: Monday, January 22, 2018
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM  

Where: Technological Institute, F160, 2145 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL 60208 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Contact: Pamela Villalovoz   847.491.3644

Group: Physics and Astronomy High Energy Physics Seminars

Category: Academic


Title: Searches for New Physics at the Edge of Absolute Zero

Speaker: Jonathan Ouellette, MIT


• Why is there something in the universe instead of nothing?

• What is the nature of the so-called Dark Matter that constitutes some 85% of the matter content of the universe?

These are two questions that each bring together physics on the largest of observable scales with the behavior of particles on the smallest of scales. Why matter formed and what caused it to cluster and form the galaxies and stars that we see in the universe are among the most fundamental open questions in physics today. And the answers may lie in understanding the breakdowns of the Standard Model. In this talk I will discuss the search for Neutrinoless Double Beta Decay — a lepton number violating decay that may shed light on the matter-antimatter asymmetry of the Universe — and describe the CUORE experiment, which searches for this decay. I will also discuss the search for Axion Dark Matter, and a new experiment that we are building at MIT to discover it, called ABRACADABRA.



Keywords: Physics, Astronomy, HEP

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