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Dark Matter direct detection at a crossroads

Date and Time: Wednesday, April 10, 2019, 10:30am - 11:30am
Location: Physics and Astronomy Lecture Hall

Speaker: Ranny Budnik (Weizmann Institute of Science)

The hunt for Dark Matter is at a crossroads - after a decade of incredible pace, where five orders of magnitude in parameter space were covered, no unambiguous signal has emerged for interaction between the alleged particles and our normal, baryonic matter. The next generation detectors, aiming at another order of magnitude sensitivity increase, are on the runway, and the question of what will be next takes interesting turns.

I will cover the evidence for the existence of Dark Matter, present the state-of-the-art results from the XENON1T experiment, and play with some novel ideas for the next step, trying to move the lamppost to where Dark Matter may still stay hidden.

Extra Info: Please contact our administrative assistant Lisa Rivera (lrivera at with questions regarding travel arrangements and reimbursements. Questions about the colloquium schedule should be addressed to Prof. Misha Gershenson (gersh at
  • Host: John Paul Chou
  • Tea, coffee, and cookies served at 10:20
  • All welcome!