Northwestern University

Tue 2:00 PM

CFP Colloquium: Tim Kovachy: Gravitational Wave Detection and Dark Matter Searches with Atom Interferometry

When: Tuesday, January 22, 2019
2:00 PM - 3:15 PM  

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

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

Contact: Laura Nevins   847.467.6678

Group: Center for Fundamental Physics Colloquia

Category: Lectures & Meetings


Abstract: Atom interferometers exploit the quantum mechanical, wavelike nature of massive particles to make a broad range of highly precise measurements. Recent technological advances have opened a path for atom interferometers to contribute to two areas at the forefront of modern physics: gravitational wave astronomy and the search for dark matter. In this CFP colloquium, I will describe a new experiment, MAGIS-100, that will use a 100-meter-tall atom interferometer to pursue these directions. MAGIS-100 will serve as a prototype gravitational wave detector in the mid-band frequency range 0.1 Hz to 10 Hz, which is complementary to the frequency bands addressed by laser interferometers such as LIGO and the planned LISA experiment. I will discuss the scientific motivation for gravitational wave detection in the mid-band. In addition, I will explain how MAGIS-100 can look for ultralight dark matter, a well-motivated class of dark matter candidates that behave as coherently oscillating fields.


Assistant Professor Tim Kovachy, Northwestern University

Host: CFP

Keywords: Physics, Center for Fundamental Physics

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