Physics at Virginia

"Recent Progress Toward the Light Dark Matter eXperiment (LDMX)"

Jessica Pascadlo , University of Virginia
[Host: Craig Group]

The constituents of dark matter are still unknown, and the viable possibilities span a very large mass range. Specific scenarios for the origin of dark matter sharpen the focus on a narrower range of masses: the natural scenario where dark matter originates from thermal contact with familiar matter in the early Universe requires the DM mass to lie within about an MeV to 100 TeV. Considerable experimental attention has been given to exploring Weakly Interacting Massive Particles in the upper end of this range (few GeV – ~TeV), while the region ~MeV to ~GeV is largely unexplored. Most of the stable constituents of known matter have masses in this lower range, tantalizing hints for physics beyond the Standard Model have been found here, and a thermal origin for dark matter works in a simple and predictive manner in this mass range as well. It is therefore an exploration priority. The Light Dark Matter eXperiment (LDMX) is a planned electron-beam fixed-target missing-momentum experiment that has unique sensitivity to light DM in the sub-GeV range. This contribution will give an overview of the theoretical motivation, the main experimental challenges and how they are addressed, as well as projected sensitivities in comparison to other experiments. LDMX can probe for another signature of DM alongside the main search, and recent work on this by the UVA group will be discussed. Finally, past and future testbeam efforts will be summarized.

High Energy Physics Seminar
Wednesday, May 1, 2024
4:00 PM
Dell 2, Room 100
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