Science Café - Deep Underground, Looking for Dark Matter

Wednesday, February 13, 2019
6:30 p.m.
Sunnyside Branch of the Ottawa Public Library at 1049 Bank Street (at Aylmer Ave in Old Ottawa South)

Speaker: Simon Viel, Department of Physics, Carleton University


Dark matter is one of the main mysteries in fundamental physics today. Everything we can see directly around us is made of ordinary matter, yet our most recent models predict that there exists more than 5 times more dark matter than ordinary matter in the Universe. Scientists around the world are trying to detect dark matter, including researchers working on the DEAP experiment located at SNOLAB in Sudbury, Ontario. Dr. Viel will present the evidence for dark matter, followed by a discussion of one of the ways we look for it: in underground detectors using liquid argon targets.