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Leslie Rosenberg (Univ. of Washington) "The Axion Dark-Matter Experiment (ADMX)"
August 11, 2016 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
The axion is a hypothetical elementary particle whose existence would explain the
baffling absence of CP violation in the strong interactions. Axions also happen to be a
compelling dark-matter candidate. Axions could comprise the
overwhelming majority of mass in the universe, yet they would be extraordinarily difficult
to detect. However, several experiments, either under construction or in operation,
would be sensitive to even the more pessimistically coupled dark-matter axions. The
Axion Dark-Matter Experiment (ADMX) is perhaps the most powerful of these experiments.
ADMX is in the DOE/NSF Generation-2 portfolio of large dark-matter experiments and is
just transitioning into data-taking. This talk reviews the capabilities and the status of ADMX.