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PUPSS Speaker: Nassim Bozorgnia

Fri. Nov. 3 12:30 PM - Fri. Nov. 3 01:20 PM
Location: 3M69 & via Zoom

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Dark Matter: From Cosmological Simulations to Underground Searches

Cosmological simulations of galaxy formation can provide important information on the properties of the dark matter halo, and can significantly improve our understanding of the Galactic dark matter distribution. An accurate determination of the dark matter distribution in the Solar neighborhood is crucial for the correct analysis and interpretation of data from underground dark matter searches. I will present the local dark matter distribution of Milky Way-like galaxies extracted from state-of-the-art cosmological simulations, and discuss their implications for direct dark matter searches. I will also discuss how the dark matter component of massive satellites such as the Large Magellanic Cloud can alter the results. 

BIO: Nassim Bozorgnia is an assistant professor in the Department of Physics at the University of Alberta and a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Astroparticle Physics. She obtained her PhD from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2012, and has held postdoctoral positions at the Max Planck Institute in Heidelberg, University of Amsterdam, and Durham University. She was an assistant professor at York University from 2020 to 2022, before joining the University of Alberta. Her research is in the field of theoretical astroparticle physics and focused on the dark matter problem. More specifically, she has been developing various strategies to significantly improve our knowledge of the dark matter distribution in our Galaxy, with the aim of studying its prospects for dark matter searches. 

For a zoom invitation to this event, please email: an.wiebe@uwinnipeg.ca