Prof. Enectali Figueroa-Feliciano (MIT)
Cryogenic dark matter experiments composed of semiconductors operated at milliKelvin temperatures are one of the leading technologies in dark matter searches, currently setting the most stringent limits to the spin-independent WIMP-nucleon cross section for dark matter masses between 2-6 GeV. I will review the principles of direct dark matter detection and the various experiments using this...
Prof. Richard Gaitskell (Brown University)
Particle dark matter is thought to be the overwhelming majority of the matter in the Universe. Its gravitational contribution overwhelms that from the ordinary matter that we, the earth and the stars, are composed of. However, direct evidence for the existence of particle dark matter remains controversial. In the last few years a number of experimental collaborations have reported possible...
Dinesh Loomba (University of New Mexico)
Over the past decade a world-wide experimental effort has grown significantly to the point where today there are over half a dozen directional dark matter experiments, with four collecting data underground. Although most of the efforts employ time projection chambers with low pressure gas-based targets, R&D on novel approaches in liquids and solids is also proceeding. We review the...
Emilija Pantic (UCLA)
Noble liquid detectors are continuing to probe dark matter (DM) candidates in a wide parameter space. They utilize large targets of a very low background with a capability to reconstruct interaction point, allowing active background rejection. Liquid xenon (LXe) is an intrinsically radio-pure, efficient and fast scintillator with the best self-shielding capabilities. Liquid argon (LAr) is an...
Pierluigi Belli (INFN - Roma Tor Vergata)
An overview of the latest results of DAMA/LIBRA-phase1 will be presented and the evidence obtained by exploiting the model independent annual modulation signature for the presence of Dark Matter particles in the galactic halo will be discussed. The data of the former DAMA/NaI and of the DAMA/LIBRA-phase1 satisfy all the many requirements of the Dark Matter annual modulation signature...
42. Invited Talk: The local dark matter density: new constraints on the Milky Way's dark disc and the local shape of the Milky Way halo
Prof. Justin Read
I review current efforts to measure the mean density of dark matter near the Sun. This encodes valuable dynamical information about our Galaxy and is also of great importance for direct detection dark matter experiments. I briefly discuss theoretical expectations in our current cosmology; the theory behind mass modelling of the Galaxy; and I show how combining local and global measures probes...
Dr Alyson Brooks (Rutgers University)
The cosmological model based on cold dark matter (CDM) and dark energy has been hugely successful in describing the observed evolution and large scale structure of our Universe. However, at small scales (in the smallest galaxies and at the centers of larger galaxies), a number of observations seem to conflict with the predictions CDM cosmology, leading to recent interest in Warm Dark Matter...
I will review the constraints that can be placed on the coldness of cold dark matter and total neutrino mass by using the Lyman-alpha forest, which is the main manifestation of the intergalactic medium. The intergalactic medium cosmic web probes mildly non-linear scales of the matter distribution at redshifts z=2-6, in a crucial phase of the formation of cosmic structures. I will...
Hai-Bo Yu (University of Michigan)
Dark matter self-interactions have important implications for the distributions of dark matter in the Universe, from dwarf galaxies to galaxy clusters. In this talk, I will discuss recent progress in self-interacting dark matter.
Concepcion Gonzalez-Garcia (YITP, Stony Brook and ICREA, U. Barcelona)
I will review our present understanding of neutrino properties in the light of the existing data: their masses, the leptonic mixing, CP violation, the possibility of new light states, non-standard interactions.
Dr Stefano Gabici
I will give a brief overview on the recent developments in cosmic ray research. The current hypotheses about the origin of these particles will be discussed. The connections with photon (from radio to gamma rays) and neutrino observations will be highlighted.
Prof. Peter Meszaros (Pennsylvania State University)
I will review the most prominent types of extragalctic gamma-ray sources, such as gamma-ray bursts, AGNs and other galaxies, including some specific individual sources, and the effects expected from intergalactic shocks. I will then discuss some of the physical models used to describe these objects, and the possible connections between the gamma-ray emission and cosmic ray as well as...
Dr Rolf Buehler (DESY)
Our galaxy hosts a zoo of astronomical particle accelerators. In this presentation I will discuss recent gamma-ray observations of these sources and what they have told us about their inner workings. Among others, I will discuss recent observations of Super Novae Remnants and Pulsars. I will also talk about the increasing population of time variable gamma-ray sources, as Novae, Binary systems...
Jim Hinton (University of Leicester)
The enormous potential of the imaging atmospheric Cherenkov technique (IACT) for high energy astrophysics has been demonstrated by the currently operating HESS, MAGIC and VERITAS telescope arrays. The technique provides excellent angular resolution at high energies and huge collection area in comparison with space-based instruments such as Fermi-LAT. The Cherenkov Telescope Array (CTA) is a...
24. Invited Talk: The Fermi Large Area Telescope: science highlights and prospects for the extended mission
Luca Baldini (INFN-Pisa)
Launched on June 11 2008, the the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope has successfully completed its first sixth years of operation in space. We shall briefly review the status of the observatory, along with some of the most recent science highlights, and discuss the prospects for the extended phase of the mission.
Roberto Ruiz De Austri (IFIC)
I review the present status of Global Fits of Supersymmetry.
Mikhail Shaposhnikov (EPFL)
Heavy neutral leptons may play an important role in particle physics and cosmology, explaining neutrino masses, dark matter and baryon asymmetry of the universe. The prospects for their experimental searches will be discussed.
Christophe Grojean (ICREA - Institucio catalana de recerca estudis avancats (ES))
With the discovery of the long sought-after Higgs boson at CERN in July 2012, a new state of matter and a new dynamical principle have been revealed as essential building blocks of the fundamental laws of physics. The Brout-Englert-Higgs mechanism also provides a solution to the half-century-old mass conundrum, i.e. the apparent incompatibility between the mass spectrum of the elementary...
Lars Bergstrom (Stockholm University)
Astroparticle physics is by now a mature field of physics, bridging astrophysics, cosmology, nuclear and particle physics. This talk will deal with what has been accomplished and what the outstanding questions are. An overview is given, containing some thoughts about how to best obtain the answers to the unsolved questions, given realistic technological advancements and financial resources.
Rolf Heuer (CERN)
The talk will present the ongoing scientific program at CERN and will give an outlook towards possible future projects. Particular emphasis will be given to the European Strategy for Particle Physics and its implications for the particle physics program at CERN and worldwide.
Prof. Joerg Jaeckel
Very light bosons, produced non-thermally in the early Universe are an intriguing possibility for the cold dark matter of the Universe. Particularly interesting candidates are axions, axion-like particles and hidden photons. This talk will discuss the current status of such light dark matter with a particular emphasis towards opportunities for its detection.
Tim Tait (University of California, Irvine)
I will review the impact of the LHC program on our understanding of particle dark matter.
Prof. Jonathan Feng (UC Irvine)
The idea that dark matter resides in a dark sector, accompanied by other dark particles and forces, has many realizations. I will discuss a number of these, focusing on several motivated by recent experiments, observations, and simulations.
Torsten Bringmann (Hamburg University)
One of the main strategies to probe the particle nature of dark matter is the identification of possible contributions from the annihilation or decay of these particles in the spectrum of cosmic rays and radiation. A wealth of observational data, both existing and upcoming, makes this a very timely and active approach that starts to rule out the most popular models in a way that is...
Valerio Vagelli (KIT - Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (DE))
The AMS-02 detector is a wide acceptance high-energy physics experiment operating since May 2011 onboard of the International Space Station. It consists of six complementary sub-detectors providing measurement on the energy, the mass and the charge leading to an unambiguous identification of the cosmic rays. To date, more than 40 billion cosmic ray events have been collected. Performance of...
Vincent Francois Giangiobbe (IFAE-Barcelona (ES))
The existence of Dark Matter (DM) is by now well established, and the fit of the cosmological model parameters to various measurements lead to a density of the cold non-baryoninc matter representing 26.5% of the critical density. Despite this relatively large density, the nature of the DM remains unknown. Amongst the preferred candidates for DM are the Weakly Interacting Massive Particles...
Jim Brooke (University of Bristol (GB))
Searches for a wide range of physics beyond the Standard Model have been performed using CMS at the LHC. Final results from the 7 and 8 TeV datasets will be presented. The presentation will cover results on Supersymmetry, direct production of dark matter, new resonances, large extra dimensions, long lived particles and other exotic new physics. Some prospects of the future discovery potential...
John Beacom (Ohio State University)
The great promise of neutrino astronomy has been known for decades, though it seemed impossibly out of reach. With neutrinos, we would reveal the insides of astrophysical objects, the high particle energies in the engines that power them, and the original timescales on which those engines evolve. In contrast, with photons, we see just the outsides of these objects, with spectra downgraded by...
Maarten De Jong (NIKHEF (NL))
KM3NeT is a new research infrastructure consisting of a cabled network of deep-sea neutrino telescopes in the Mediterranean Sea. The main objective of KM3NeT is the discovery and subsequent observation of high-energy neutrino sources in the Universe. Three suitable deep-sea sites have been identified, namely off-shore Toulon (France), Capo Passero (Italy) and Pylos (Greece). The list of...
Prof. Elisa Resconi
The neutrino observatory IceCube is opening a new observational window to the Universe. IceCube, which has been fully constructed in the icecap at the South Pole, is taking data since Spring 2011 in full configuration. The first years of data reveled the existence of extremely high-energy neutrinos at the hundreds of TeV up to the PeV scale, which are of astrophysical origin. In this...
Esteban Roulet (C)
I will review the present results on Ultra-High energy cosmic rays and discuss the Astrophysical scenarios that could account for them as well as the possible connections to lower energy results and the prospects for the future.
Dr Heino Falcke
29. Invited Talk: Learning about black holes and neutron stars using ground-based gravitational-wave detectors
Prof. Alessandra Buonanno
In the next 5 years, ground-based interferometers such as advanced LIGO, Virgo and KAGRA, are likely to provide the first direct detections of gravitational waves. This will constitute a major scientific discovery, as it will permit a new kind of observation of the cosmos, quite different from today's electromagnetic and particle observations. In this talk I will review the current...