NASC Colloquium: "What Can the First Generation of Stars Tell Us About Dark Matter?"
Please join this virtual talk by Physics & Astronomy Professor Cosmin Ilie. Dark Matter is one of the most intriguing open questions in science today. While its existence has been inferred by a plethora of experimental tests that probe various cosmological scales, ranging from smallest (Cosmic Microwave Background) to the largest (Galaxy Clusters) we still have no other evidence of Dark Matter, besides its gravitational effects on light, or regular matter. In this talk I will summarize the status of the various currently established strategies to detect the Dark Matter particle. I will end with a discussion of a novel strategy we recently proposed, which relies on the potential use of the first generation of stars as Dark Matter probes. In view of the upcoming launch of the JWST telescope, this is a very exciting strategy, which, as we show, can overcome the inherent limitations of the direct detection experiments performed on Earth.
Virtual weblink: https://zoom.us/j/99595774508 The webinar requires the password: nasc (all lowercase). The NASC colloquium link also requires you to have a registered Zoom account but does not require you to have a Colgate account. We are hoping these restrictions will make the talks as widely accessible as possible, while minimizing security risks.
Friday, September 25, 2020 at 3:30pm to 4:30pmVirtual Event