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Searching for Dark Matter

March 19, 2024 | 7 - 9pm

At McMenamins Kennedy School

Science Pub Portland: Searching for Dark Matter: Uncovering the Mysteries of the Universe

With Tien-Tien Yu, Associate Professor of Physics at the University of Oregon.

MAR 19, 7-9PM | Doors @ 6PM | Advance tickets recommended; $5 suggested donation

To date, we do not know what makes up 80% of the matter in the Universe. This mysterious form of matter is known as dark matter, which does not absorb or reflect light, but influences gravity. Scientists know about the existence of dark matter through its imprints on astrophysical and cosmological observations. 

In this talk, Associate Professor Tien-Tien Yu will present the evidence for the existence of dark matter, describe a few of the methods to search for dark matter, and discuss a particularly exciting direction in research using silicon CCDs to search for dark matter.

Tien-Tien Yu is an Associate Professor of Physics at the University of Oregon in Eugene, OR. Prior to arriving at UO in 2018, she was a fellow in the CERN Theory Group in Geneva, Switzerland and a postdoctoral associate at the CN Yang Institute for Theoretical Physics at Stony Brook University. She received her PhD from the University of Wisconsin in Madison, WI. In 2020, she received an NSF CAREER award towards her study of dark matter, and in 2021 was co-awarded the New Horizons Breakthrough Prize for her seminal work on dark matter detection. In 2023, she was selected to serve on the Particle Physics Prioritization Panel (P5), which is a scientific advisory panel tasked with creating a roadmap for the future of particle physics in the USA.

Zoom Option
If you are unable to join us in person, you can watch on zoom. You must register in advance using this link. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is a Zoom option available?

If you are unable to join us in person, you can watch on zoom. You must register in advance via the ticketing page. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Are tickets required?

To guarantee a seat at this event, we recommend you purchase your ticket in advance. Please show your ticket at the check-in table in front of the theater upon arrival.

We will always have tickets available at the door. They are first-come, first-served and admission will remain a suggested donation.

Will food be available for purchase?

Kennedy School Theater has everything from pizza to burgers to popcorn and candy. Food and drink are welcome in the theater. No outside food or drink is allowed.

Do I have to pay for parking?

It is free to park in McMenamins Kennedy School parking lot and there is plenty of free street parking in the neighborhood.

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