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Evan McDonough Colloquium

Fri. Jan. 28 12:30 PM - Fri. Jan. 28 01:20 PM
Contact: Andrea Wiebe
Location: via Zoom

The Light and Fuzzy Side of Dark Matter

The identity of dark matter remains a mystery, despite decades of theorizing and detection efforts. This includes the mechanism for its primordial production, its interactions with itself or with visible matter, and the very nature of dark matter, which could range from a Bose-Einstein Condensate, to Black Holes, to a traditional particle. In this talk I will discuss new ideas for dark matter, and how to experimentally test these ideas. I will focus on dark matter in the extreme low mass range, which may exhibit exciting new phenomena, such as exotic phases of matter and vortex formation. These models can be tested in a wide array of experimental arenas, ranging from the large scale structure of the universe to particle physics experiments.  


Bio: Evan McDonough is a theoretical physicist working at the interface of high energy physics, cosmology, and astrophysics. He researches the physics of the very small (fundamental particles, quantum fields) and the very big (galaxies and galaxy clusters), and what each tells about the other. Born and raised in Kingston, Ontario, Evan did his undergraduate degree and PhD at McGill University. He has held research fellow positions at Brown University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the University of Chicago, and is now an Assistant Professor at the University of Winnipeg. Outside of physics, he enjoys running, reading, and making music.


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