Events Archive

Pheno & Vino Seminar | Jan Heisig, CP3 UC Louvain | "Probing dark matter with cosmic-ray antiprotons" Zoom link:
Tue, May 12, 2020, 4:00 pm4:00 pm

Cosmic-ray observations provide a powerful probe of dark-matter annihilation in the Galaxy. In this talk I present recent analyses of the AMS-02 antiproton data, reducing cosmic-ray propagation uncertainties by fitting at the same time dark-matter and cosmic-ray propagation parameters. The resulting bounds are among the strongest for heavy dark…

Pheno & Vino / Siddharth Mishra-Sharma, NYU | "Statistical inference of dark matter substructure with weak and strong gravitational lensing" |
Tue, Apr 28, 2020, 4:00 pm4:00 pm

I will describe two separate methods to statistically infer the properties of dark matter substructure using, in turn, (astrometric) weak and strong lensing observations. In the first part of the talk, I will describe how the motion of dark matter subhalos in the Milky Way induces a correlated pattern of motions in…

Pheno & Vino | Carlos Blanco, U of Chicago | "New Constraints on Dark Matter from Organic Targets: What Organic Chemistry Can do for Direct Detection" | Zoom link:
Tue, Apr 21, 2020, 4:00 pm4:00 pm

As the age of WIMP-scale dark matter (DM) draws to a close thanks to the ever-increasing sensitivity of direct detection experiments, the majority of sub-GeV DM parameter space remains to be explored. Sub-GeV DM can excite electronic transitions in a variety of molecular and nano-scale systems which have sub-eV…

Pheno & Vino Seminar | Djuna Croon, TRIUMF "Gravitational Waves: a new window onto the Early Universe" | Zoom link -
Tue, Apr 7, 2020, 4:00 pm4:00 pm

In anticipation of the next generation of gravitational wave experiments, I will discuss the opportunities for phenomenological studies of particle physics in the Early Universe. The focus of the talk will be on first order phase transitions and how they can help us address open problems such as the generation of the matter/anti-matter…

Pheno & Vino | JiJi Fan, Brown University | "Direct detection experiments in the Gaia era" | via Zoom
Tue, Mar 24, 2020, 4:00 pm4:00 pm

The advent of the Gaia era has led to potentially revolutionary understanding of dark matter dynamics in our galaxy, which has important consequences for direct detection experiments. In this talk, I will discuss the effects of various dark matter substructures inferred from the Gaia data on possible direct…

Pheno & Vino | Prasnth Shyamsundar, U of Florida | "Quantum computing and machine learning in high energy data analysis" | Jadwin 303
Tue, Mar 10, 2020, 4:00 pm4:00 pm

Recently there has been a growing interest in the application of quantum computing and machine learning in many scientific disciplines, including high energy physics. In the first half of this talk, we will look at a novel quantum computing based technique to search for unmodeled deviations from a simulated…

Pheno & Vino Seminar | Alexander Mitov, Cavendish Lab, Cambridge | "The 2 to 3 Frontier in NNLO LHC calculations" | 303 Jadwin Hall
Tue, Mar 3, 2020, 4:00 pm4:00 pm

For the last 5 years or so, there has been a major effort towards the calculation of two-loop 5-point QCD amplitudes and their corresponding LHC cross-sections at NNLO. Very recently, the first such calculation - 3-photon production - was completed [arXiv:1911.00479]. I will explain the novel features, and lessons…

Pheno & Vino Seminar | Timothy Cohen, U of Oregon | "The Higgs Effective Theory is a Black Hole" | Jadwin 303
Tue, Feb 25, 2020, 4:00 pm4:00 pm

Treating the Standard Model as an Effective Field Theory (EFT) yields a general framework for exploring deviations in observables that probe the indirect effects of new particles.  Two treatments are typically discussed --- Higgs EFT (HEFT) and Standard Model EFT (SMEFT) --- my goal in this talk is to compare and…

Pheno & Vino Seminar | Christoph Weniger, U of Amsterdam | "Uncovering Dark Matter with Compact Objects and Automatic Differentiation" | Jadwin 303
Tue, Feb 18, 2020, 4:00 pm4:00 pm

The nature of dark matter (DM) in the Universe remains one of the great open questions of particle astrophysics and cosmology today. The WIMP (weakly interacting massive particle) DM paradigm has fallen, leaving us with a wide range of possible DM models and signatures. New methods and ideas are required to efficiently progress. I will discuss…

Pheno & Vino Seminar | William Terrano, Princeton | "Direct Detection Searches for Fuzzy Dark Matter and Ultra Low Mass Axions at Princeton" | Jadwin 303
Tue, Feb 11, 2020, 4:00 pm4:00 pm

I will discuss experimental prospects for directly detecting ultra-low-mass dark matter, including the interesting “Fuzzy” dark matter scenario.  I will describe experiments which are ongoing here at Princeton, and the challenges associated with them.  I will also present the results we have thus far, and the…

Pheno & Vino Seminar | Cara Giovanetti, Princeton | "Dynamical Friction in a Fuzzy Dark Matter Universe" | Jadwin Hall
Tue, Feb 4, 2020, 4:00 pm4:00 pm

Fuzzy Dark Matter (FDM) is a model of dark matter consisting of an ultralight scalar whose quantum mechanical nature is manifest at kiloparsec scales.  As such, an object moving through an FDM halo will experience a different drag force due to dynamical friction than an object passing through a classical dark matter…

Pheno & Vino Seminar | Da Liu, UC Davis | "Composite Higgs Models at the LHC and beyond" | Jadwin 303
Tue, Jan 21, 2020, 4:00 pm4:00 pm

Compositeness  is an elegant way to address the hierarchy problem. In this talk, under broad assumption of partial compositeness and Higgs doublet as the pseudo-Nambu-Goldstone bosons, I will discuss about phenomenology of the spin-1 resonances and the top partners in CHMs and the relevance of  their strong…

Pheno & Vino Seminar | Maurizio Pienni, CERN | "Deep Learning facing the High Luminosity LHC challenge" | Jadwin 303
Tue, Jan 14, 2020, 4:00 pm4:00 pm

In its high-luminosity phase, the CERN Large Hadron Collider will produce x10 more data, while the computing power for data processing will not scale accordingly. Particle physicists need novel solutions to accomplish the scientific  mission of the LHC. Deep Learning has the potential to be the game changer that could solve the problem. In this…

Pheno & Vino Seminar | Simona Murgia, UC, Irvine | "Gamma-ray observations of M31 and dark matter implications" | Jadwin 303
Tue, Dec 10, 2019, 4:00 pm4:00 pm

The Andromeda galaxy is the closest spiral galaxy to us. It harbors a massive dark matter halo which may span up to ∼600 kpc across and comprises ∼90% of the galaxy’s total mass. This halo size translates into a large diameter of 42 degrees on the sky for an M31–Milky Way distance of 785 kpc, but its presumably low surface brightness makes it…

Pheno & Vino Seminar | Prateek Agrawal, Harvard | "A CMB Millikan experiment with axion strings" | Jadwin 303
Tue, Dec 3, 2019, 4:00 pm4:00 pm

Very light axions are a generic prediction of string compactifications. If cosmic strings associated with these axions were produced in the early universe, they quickly approach a so-called scaling solution, such that strings persist in the sky today.  I will present some remarkable signals of such strings coupled…

Pheno & Vino Seminar | Jo Dunkley, Princeton University | "How fast is the universe growing?" | Jadwin 303
Tue, Nov 26, 2019, 4:00 pm4:00 pm

There is currently a (possible) tension between various measurements of the Hubble expansion rate. I will give a recap of this issue, and describe  how we use the Cosmic Microwave Background to infer the local expansion rate. I will explain what assumptions we usually make about the cosmological model in doing so,…

Pheno & Vino Seminar | Jack Setford, Toronto | "Signatures of Mirror Stars" | Jadwin 303
Tue, Nov 19, 2019, 4:00 pm4:00 pm

Motivated by theories of neutral naturalness, I will argue that Mirror Stars are a generic possibility in any hidden sector with analogues of Standard Model electromagnetism and nuclear physics. I will show that if there exists a tiny kinetic mixing between the dark and SM photon, Mirror Stars capture SM matter from the interstellar medium,…

Pheno & Vino Seminar | Jessie Shelton, U of Ilinois | "Dark Thermal Histories" | Jadwin 303
Tue, Nov 12, 2019, 4:00 pm4:00 pm

One generic scenario for the dark matter of our universe is that it resides in a hidden sector: it talks to other dark fields more strongly than it talks to the Standard Model.  I'll discuss some minimal cosmological origin scenarios for this class of models and explore their consequences for the observability of…

Pheno & Vino Seminar | Brandon Melcher, Syracuse | "Co-Decaying Dark Matter and its Cosmological Signatures" | Jadwin 303
Tue, Nov 5, 2019, 4:00 pm4:00 pm

This talk will follow the discussions found in and We will discuss the cosmological implications of the Co-Decaying Dark Matter Model--a recently…

Pheno & Vino Seminar | Marat Freytsis, Rutgers | "Functional methods and universal one-loop matching in HQET and beyond" | Jadwin 303
Tue, Oct 22, 2019, 4:00 pm4:00 pm

Functional methods, in particular efficient reorganization of the one-loop effective action, have recently made a reappearance in simplifying the problem of computing matching and running effects in Lorentz-invariant effective field theories (EFTs) such as the Standard Model Effective Field Theory. This has lead to…