New Directions for Light Dark Matter

January 18, 2021
4:00pm to 5:30pm


Theoretical Physics, general interest
Yonit Hochberg
Hebrew U. Jerusalem



The exploration of dark matter beyond the WIMP is of vital importance
towards resolving the identity of dark matter. In this talk, I will
focus on light dark matter. From the theory side, I will discuss new
theoretical developments that suggest light dark matter. From the
experimental side, I will present new proposals for the direct
detection of light dark matter which hold much promise. These include
the use of superconducting nanowires, two-dimensional targets such as
graphene, and Dirac materials. Considering dark matter interactions
with these targets, I will demonstrate the potential of the light dark
matter direct detection program in upcoming years.