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Probing Dark Matter at the Inelastic Frontier
February 5, 20192:00 pm – 3:00 pm (CDT)

Probing Dark Matter at the Inelastic Frontier


Patrick Fox (Fermilab)



Mitchell Institute for Fundamental Physics & Astronomy

College Station, Texas 77843

Event Details

There exist well motivated models of particle dark matter which predominantly scatter inelastically off nuclei in direct detection experiments. This inelastic transition causes the DM to up-scatter in terrestrial experiments into an excited state up to ~500-600keV heavier than the DM itself. An inelastic transition of this size is highly suppressed by both kinematics and nuclear form factors. I will discuss the prospects for improvements in sensitivity in dark matter direct detection experiments. I will also discuss alternative search strategies, using low background neutrino detectors, based upon dark matter scattering inelastically off elements in the Earth and then subsequently decaying into a monoenergetic photon.

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