The DRIFT Dark Matter Detector

Friday, November 4
3 pm
VW 104

Daniel Snowden-Ifft, Ph.D.
Professor of Physics, Occidental College

The Directional Recoil Identification From Tracks (DRIFT) is designed to detect the dark matter thought to make up 85% of the mass of the universe. Unlike most other dark matter detectors the directional capabilities of DRIFT allow it to conclusively determine the galactic origin of the dark matter events created within it. I will describe the detector, its capabilities and our recent efforts to detect dark matter in the Boulby salt mine in England. I will conclude with a brief description of a new international effort to create a large directional dark matter detector.

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