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Advanced Physics Workshop: New Theories and Probes of Dark Matter

In collaboration with Elsevier and the Annals of Physics, the World Science Festival invites faculty, postdocs, graduate and undergraduate physics students, and particularly well-informed members of the general public to join this all-day, high-level workshop focusing on new theories and probes of dark matter.

Presented in collaboration with Elsevier and the Annals of Physics.


Dark matter is a pillar of the standard model of cosmology, making up one-quarter of the total mass/energy budget of the universe. Yet its fundamental particle nature remains unknown. The last decade has witnessed a surge of activity in exploring theories of dark matter beyond traditional Weakly Interacting Massive Particles. These theories often make distinctive predictions for the dark matter distribution on small, non-linear scales. In turn, these predictions can be probed by ongoing experiments, such as the Gaia satellite. This one-day workshop will explore novel theoretical ideas and new observational probes of dark matter.

Organizers: Lam Hui (Columbia) and Justin Khoury (Penn)


9:15AM – 9:30AM: Opening remarks

9:30AM – 10:15AM: Mariangela Lisanti (Princeton) – “Testing the nature of dark matter with galactic dynamics”

10:15AM – 11:00AM: Sergei Dubovsky (NYU) – “Looking for axions with astrophysical black holes”

11:30AM – 12:15PM: Risa Wechsler (KIPAC/Stanford & SLAC) – “Learning about dark matter from the smallest galaxies”

12:30PM – 1:30PM: Lunch (provided by WSF/Elsevier)

2:00PM – 2:45PM: Robyn Sanderson (Penn/CCA) – “Constraints on alternatives to cold dark matter from galactic dynamics”

2:45PM – 3:30PM: Neal Dalal (Perimeter) – “Probing dark matter with dusty galaxies”

4:00PM – 4:45PM: Erik Verlinde (Amsterdam) – “Can a theory of emergent gravity explain the dark matter phenomenon?”


Image credit: Ralf Kaehler and Tom Abel from KIPAC/SLAC