Physics Colloquium: Tuesday, February 18, 2020 -- Making a Universe with Axions

Event Date: 

Tuesday, February 18, 2020 - 3:45pm

Event Date Details: 

Refreshments served at 3:30

Event Location: 

  • Broida 1640
  • Physics Department Colloquium

The discovery of the Higgs boson reinforces the possibility that other similar, scalar particles may exist in nature. In this talk, I will begin by discussing one such dark matter and sometime inflaton candidate, the axion. I will describe the claim that dark matter axions form an exotic state of matter called a Bose-Einstein condensate and my work on this exciting prospect. Along the way I will draw connections with the interesting relaxion idea and possible phenomenologies for the proposed NASA STROBE-X experiment.

Chanda Prescod-Weinstein, University of New Hampshire