Northwestern University

Tue 2:00 PM

Special Seminar, Rakshya Khatiwada: Probing the Dark Universe for Axions

When: Tuesday, March 13, 2018
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM  

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

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

Contact: Tina Hoff   847.491.3645

Group: AMO: The Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics Seminar

Category: Lectures & Meetings


Title: Probing the Dark Universe for Axions

Speaker: Rakshya Khatiwada, University of Washington


Abstract: The QCD axion is a weakly interacting sub-eV mass particle. It is also a good cold dark matter candidate and if discovered could explain the long-standing strong CP problem. The Axion Dark Matter eXperiment (ADMX) is one of the three DOE “Generation-2” direct dark matter searches and the only one dedicated to finding the QCD axion. In 2017 ADMX achieved sensitivity to the very compelling DFSZ (“GUT”) axion, a decades-long goal of axion experimenters. This talk will focus on this result along with the recent upgrades, including the dilution refrigerator operating at 90mK, the state-of-the-art quantum electronics and new techniques used to obtain these results. There will also be a discussion on landscape of future of axion searches.  

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