Center for Theoretical Physics of the Universe (CTPU)

The Hunt for Dark Matter with Neutrinos

by Prof. Carsten Rott (SKKU)

Wednesday, 7 September 2016 from to (Asia/Seoul)
Description
One of the greatest challenges in modern science is unraveling the unknown nature of the dominant mass component in our Universe, the dark matter. 
Dark Matter could be detected indirectly through the observation of neutrinos produced in self-annihilations or decays.
Searches for such neutrino signals have resulted in the most stringent constraints on the lifetime of heavy dark matter and some of the world bests limits on scattering with matter. In recent years these searches have made significant progress in sensitivity through new search methodologies, new detection channels, and through the availability of rich datasets, foremost from the IceCube Neutrino Telescope. 

In this talk I will introduce the IceCube Neutrino Telescope and review dark matter searches. I will focus in particular on recent experimental progress and discuss the dark matter discovery potential for next-generation neutrino detectors.