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Neutrino Non-standard Interactions and Dark Matter Direct Searches
November 6, 20181:00 pm – 2:00 pm (CDT)

Neutrino Non-standard Interactions and Dark Matter Direct Searches


Diego Aristizabal (Universidad Tecnica Federico Santa Maria)



Mitchell Institute for Fundamental Physics & Astronomy

College Station, Texas 77843

Event Details

Next-generation and next-to-next generation dark matter (DM) detectors will be subject to irreducible solar and atmospheric neutrino backgrounds that will challenge the identification of an actual WIMP signal. In this talk I will discuss the implications that neutrino non-standard interactions (NSI) have on this background. I will show that despite the constraints to which NSI are subject they can still leave sizable imprints. They can either enhance or deplete the neutrino background, thus if present they can be discovered in next-generation experiments. Finally, I will comment on the potential experimental differentiation between general vector (of which NSI are a subset) and scalar neutrino-nucleus interactions.

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