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This Week’s Discoveries | 16 January 2018

  • Francesca Calore
16 January 2018
This Week's Discoveries
Oort Building
Niels Bohrweg 2
2333 CA Leiden
De Sitterzaal

First Lecture

Unravelling the mystery of dark matter

Francesca Calore (LAPTh)

Francesca is a staff member of the Particle astrophysics and cosmology team at LAPTh. LAPTh is a mixed research unit (UMR 5108) of the CNRS (within the Institute of Physics, INP) and the Université de Savoie. In the field of astrophysics the team is world leader in cosmic ray propagation and dark matter in general, gamma ray bursts and neutrinos from the sky. In cosmology there is leading expertise in the extraction of the cosmological parameters (including data on massive neutrinos), CMBPol and constraints on inflation, and non-standard cosmology. Francesca is one of the organisers of the workshop Accelerating the Search for Dark Matter with Machine Learning that is being held at the Lorentz Center from 15 Jan 2018 through 19 Jan 2018

Dark matter is one of the greatest discoveries of the past century. However, unveiling the nature of this elusive form of matter remains of one of the major endeavours of nowadays particle physics and cosmology. I will review the effort currently deployed to look for dark matter with techniques that span over a wide range of disciplines. In particular, I will focus on the so-called 'indirect detection' and the possibility to detect dark matter in the very centre of our Galaxy.

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