Aug 4 – 8, 2015
America/Detroit timezone

Probing Theories of Dark Matter with Direct Detection

Aug 5, 2015, 4:18 PM
Michigan (Michigan League)


Michigan League

Cosmology and Dark Matter Experiment AstroParticle, Cosmology, Dark Matter Searches, and CMB


Samuel McDermott


In the event of dark matter direct detection, learning in a data-driven way about the interactions between dark matter and the Standard Model will be of utmost importance. In new work, coworkers and myself have demonstrated the possibilities for Bayesian model selection of a wide class of theories in a potential future situation where direct detection is confirmed by a variety of different targets. We find that multiple detector elements are needed to confidently extract the details of the dark mater - Standard Model interaction. After properly accounting for the UV particle physics and the low-energy nuclear physics, we also find that currently proposed detectors (crucially including a target with iodine or fluorine) are capable of breaking degeneracies between a very large range of interesting models.
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Samuel McDermott

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