Last night the ATLAS Collaboration released its latest search for dark matter and other beyond the standard model theories  based on the full dataset from the LHC Run I (2010-2012).
By looking for proton-proton collisions where jets of hadronic particles are produced only in one direction (Figure 1), violating conservation of momentum only in appearance, we use ATLAS to search for weakly interacting massive particles (WIMPs), such as dark matter particles. Because they are weakly interacting, the WIMPs escape ATLAS undetected and lead to what looks like missing momentum.
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The Swedish Research Council announced yesterday that a grant application to recruit the 2004 Nobel laureate Frank Wilczek to the Physics Department at Stockholm University was approved. This is extremely exciting news – also for the Oskar Klein Centre.
After six very successful years of OKC leadership, Lars Bergström was asked to become the new Dean of the Mathematics and Physics Section of the Science Faculty of Stockholm University. As a consequence, he has stepped down as OKC director and a new position at the Department of Physics at Stockholm University
has been announced to find a replacement. In the mean time, I will serve as director of the centre. It is with a sense of great pride – and a fair bit of apprehension - that … Continue Reading ››
Dear all, As you have noticed by following the OKC blog, our success is continuing. We had an international mid-term review in the beginning of the year, and we came through with flying colours.
In the beginning of November 2014, The Oskar Klein Centre officially joined the XENON dark matter project. The idea is to detect dark matter particles scattering of heavy nuclei.
Since one of the strongest limitation of dark matter detection is due to cosmic ray induced background, it is important to shield the detectors. For this reason XENON is situated in the Gran Sasso National Laboratory, on the side of a ten kilometer long freeway tunnel crossing the Gran Sasso mountain, about 120 km from Rome. Thus, there is about 1500 meters of rock protecting the laboratory from cosmic ray backgrounds.
The list of the young outstanding scientists who receive this year Wallenberg Academy Fellow grant was released today. One of them is Oskar Klein Centre member Matthew Hayes. We gratulate him and ask him how it feels
The discovery of the accelerated universe keeps receiving a well deserved attention. On November 9, the Breakthrough Prize Foundation announced the recipients of the 2015 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics
From a dark matter (DM) hunter’s perspective, this year’s Fermi Symposium was highly anticipated. In the six years since the launch of the Large Area Telescope (LAT), we’ve seen our share of ups and downs. An active community, both in and outside the Fermi Collaboration (FC), works hard to fit dark matter to or explain away every deviation in excess of what we expect from the gamma-ray sky. This year’s gathering got the answer to the latest burning question: do we see dark matter emission from dwarf spheroidal galaxies (dSphs)? … Continue Reading ››
The Knut & Alice Wallenberg Foundation released yesterday the list of this year’s recipients of funding for research projects with very high potential. We were very happy to see that on this list appears Jan Conrad with the project “Discovering Dark Matter Particles in the Laboratory”, with a grant of SEK 28 883 000 (around 3 MEUR) for five years.
The members of the Oskar Klein Centre had just noticed with satisfaction that we could keep the VR Linnaeus grant at the same level (increased by 10% in 2010) the second half of the grant period (until 2018), when even more exciting news reached us. First, our valued member of the International Advisory Board, Katie Freese from Michigan University, was announced as the new Director of Nordita
, which is located in the neighbouring building to OKC.
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