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Where does mass come from?

Begin: End: Location: Hörsaalgebäude II, Hörsaal 2
Event type:
  • Colloquium
© Konstantinos Nikolopoulos ​/​ University of Birmingham

Further information on the schedule:

The lecture in the colloquium by Prof. Dr. Kostantinos Nikolopoulos will take place after this years Karbach Award ceremony. This will begin at 15:45 and will be introduced with a laudation.

Prof. Dr. Kostantinos Nikolopoulos

Where does mass come from?

It is established through astronomical observations and precise measurements that approximately 85% of the matter content of our Universe consists of non-baryonic cold Dark Matter. Despite the decades long, ever more sensitive, searches performed, the particle nature of Dark Matter remains elusive. This experimental scrutiny fell mostly on Dark Matter candidates in the 10 GeV - 1 TeV mass range, in part because these are predicted in models addressing the hierarchy problem. However, more recent considerations have brought to attention lighter candidates with sub-GeV masses. This is an experimentally challenging mass region, which remains largely uncharted. Innovative approaches to explore this parameter space will be discussed, including the searches performed by the NEWS-G collaboration using Spherical Proportional Counters.