Public lecture: Adelaide

Unravel the mysteries of dark matter with Dr Irene Bolognino as part of the National Quantum & Dark Matter Road Trip.

Join the National Quantum & Dark Matter Road Trip in Adelaide to hear from an expert in the field on how and why we hunt for dark matter.

Date: Saturday 20 August 2022
Time: 6:45 pm: arrival; 7:00–8:00 pm: public lecture
Venue: Braggs Lecture Theatre, The University of Adelaide

This is a FREE event.

Speaker: Irene Bolognino

Title: Experimental Direct Detection Searches for Dark Matter

Summary: Understanding the nature of dark matter is one of the biggest open problems in modern physics: dark matter represents 84% of all the matter in the Universe, but we don’t yet know what it is.  An approach to detect dark matter is to observe the annual modulation signal due to the orbital movement of the Earth around the Sun.  Australia is playing a key role in detecting dark matter through annual modulation: this lecture describes the development of a leading-edge experiment which will be installed inside the first deep underground laboratory in the Southern Hemisphere, located in regional Victoria, Australia.

Bio: Irene is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the ARC Centre of Excellence in Dark Matter Particle Physics, based at The University of Adelaide. She tries to understand how the world around us is made by capturing the vibrations of dark matter.

We are very grateful to The University of Adelaide for their support of this event.

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Major funding support

Australian Research Council

The Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Engineered Quantum Systems (EQUS) acknowledges the Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia and their continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respects to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders past and present.