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Colloquium: Tracy Slatyer: Galactic Puzzles in the Gamma-Ray Sky

When: Friday, February 5, 2021
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Central

Where: Online

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

Contact: Yas Shemirani   (847) 491-7650

Group: Physics and Astronomy Colloquia

Category: Academic


Abstract: Studies of data from the Fermi Gamma-Ray Space Telescope have revealed surprising excesses of apparently diffuse gamma-ray emission toward the heart of our Milky Way galaxy, including the giant structures known as the Fermi Bubbles and the central glow often called the Galactic Center Excess. I will outline these signals and their properties. The latter excess in particular has garnered great interest as a possible signal of either dark matter particles colliding and annihilating, or a previously undiscovered population of pulsars in the stellar bulge. Analyses of the photon statistics of this excess have been used to argue that the pulsar interpretation is strongly favored - however, I will present recent work arguing that it may be premature to exclude a dark matter origin for the excess on these grounds. I will outline the history of our understanding of the excess and the arguments for various interpretations, describe the current status of the controversy, and discuss future paths forward. 

Seminar Speaker: Tracy Slatyer, MIT

Host: André De Gouvea 

Meeting Details:
Friday, February 5, 2021 at 4:00 pm (Central Time) on Zoom.

Zoom info:
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