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Dark Matter Direct Detection Theory—From Extensions of the Standard Model to Observables

By Christopher Körber

NSD Seminar at LBNL & RUB (14.05.2020)

Keywords: Dark Matter, Physics Beyond the Standard Model, Direct Detection, Chiral Perturbation Theory, Propagation of Scales


What is the nature of so called Dark Matter and does it interact with regular matter except through gravity? Direct detection experiments aim to answer this question. Yet, propagating measurements (or constraints) to the fundamental theory requires bridging several scales—from target nucleus to individual nucleons to the level of quarks & gluons and beyond. In this talk I describe the methods used, assumptions made and challenges faced by the bridging of scales to address implications of measurements.