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Prospects for laboratory searches for Planck-scale Dark Matter

William Terrano, Technische Universität München, München, Germany
Tuesday, September 11, 2018 - 3:45pm
NPL 178

I will discuss the tantalizing prospect that Dark Matter is a relic of physics at the Planck-scale, where quantum gravity effects are expected to become important. I will review how physics at such high energy scales can produce low-energy relics and describe the properties of Dark Matter if it is in fact such a relic. I’ll then look at whether there is any hope for a laboratory detection of Planck-scale Dark Matter through its spin-couplings, taking advantage of the recent great strides — thanks to medical physics applications — in producing large quantities of coherently-polarized nucleons.

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