Dark Matter - Brooks Thomas

  • 2/28/2014 | 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM
  • Location: Searles Science Building, Room 315
  • Event Type: Seminar

Dark Matter - Brooks ThomasAlmost all of the matter that we're familiar with in our everyday lives is made up of protons, neutrons, and electrons. However, one of the most shocking realizations of the past century is that the vast majority of the matter in the universe is actually made of something else entirely - something so mysterious it has been dubbed "dark matter."

Research in this area sits at the border between high-energy physics, astrophysics, and cosmology, and physicists are very excited that we are now entering a pivotal decade when we will finally be able to "see this dark matter and explain its properties.

In this talk, Prof. Thomas will review the history of dark matter, explain why we believe it exists, and outline the diverse experimental and theoretical approaches that physicists are currently taking towards shedding light on dark matter and finally cracking this mystery.