July 28, 2020 to August 6, 2020
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Europe/Prague timezone

New Inelastic Channels for Sub-GeV Dark Matter Scattering

Jul 28, 2020, 3:30 PM
virtual conference

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Talk 09. Dark Matter Detection Dark Matter Detection


Yonatan Kahn (University of Illinois)


As the search for dark matter continues down to lower and lower masses, the kinematics of sub-GeV dark
matter scattering require moving beyond the approximation of free-particle scattering. I will describe two inelastic
channels relevant for sub-GeV dark matter detection which necessarily involve the condensed matter properties of
common detector materials: the Migdal effect in liquid nobles, and plasmon excitation in semiconductors. I will
outline the theoretical basis for these processes, discuss the importance of many-body effects in accurately
predicting the scattering rates, and speculate on whether these processes have already been observed at numerous

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Yonatan Kahn (University of Illinois)

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