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General Meeting – August 2018

August 24, 2018 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
DU's Olin Hall, Room 105
2190 E Iliff Ave
Denver, CO 80210
Lindsey Shaw

Anthony Villano, PhD. Our August 2018 General Meeting speaker.

Anthony Villano, PhD, University of Colorado, Denver

An Astronomical Mystery:
Can Particle Physics Solve an 85-Year-Old Dark Matter Puzzle?

The case of dark matter was closed 30 years ago. Astronomers had convincingly shown there were gravitational anomalies in galaxy clusters and spiral galaxies. And particle physicists had answered with a miraculous solution so beautiful that cosmology was forever changed. There is just one problem, nobody has detected dark matter on earth yet; but we probably should’ve been able to. These three decades of confusion saw amazing advances in detector technology but one thing remains clear: life is probably not as simple as we thought 30 years ago. I will take us through the maze of the last 85 years of dark matter research to arrive at a current diagnosis of the “particle hypothesis” for dark matter.

Professor Anthony Villano obtained his PhD at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in the field of particle physics. His initial post-doctoral work was in nuclear physics, where he took a key role in a project to produce supporting measurements for the neutrino-less double-beta decay efforts. Since 2010, he has applied his knowledge of particle and nuclear physics to the dark matter direct detection effort; first as a post-doctoral associate at the University of Minnesota and now as an Assistant Professor at the University of Colorado Denver.

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