Credit: source images used courtesy of NASA and Norman A.Graf/SLAC
Future Opportunities to
explore light dark matter, dark photons and other hidden
Date/Time: April 28-
- Thu:from 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
- Fri: from 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
- Sat: from 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
51 Kavli Auditorium, 48 ROB and 53 SUSB
Plenary sessions in Kavli Auditorium ,
discussions in ROB and SUSB
SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory
Menlo Park, California
The existence of dark matter (or a "dark sector") directly suggests new physics beyond the Standard Model, and discovering this physics is a key goal for the coming decades. In the past 5 years, an international program of new experiments has expanded dark sector searches far beyond traditional weak-scale physics to include new forces and matter at the GeV-scale and below, motivated by both data and theory. While this program has made impressive progress, there are considerable challenges that must be overcome to fully explore the simplest and most viable dark sector scenarios over a wide range of mass scales.
The goal of this workshop is to tackle these challenges. We will be working on finding solutions to problems of principle and technology that are currently limiting our ability to fully explore (and discover!) light dark matter, dark photons, and other dark sector physics interacting with familiar matter. As such, much of this meeting will be devoted to brainstorming and discussion of the most important models and parameters to explore, new techniques to do so, and how best to use existing and planned accelerator facilities for this purpose. There will be considerable time for discussion in smaller groups, with organized review talks as necessary.