Seeing the invisible: the Dark Matter puzzle
A talk by Dr Tina Potter, Cavendish Laboratory and Newnham College, Cambridge University
Dark Matter is one of the biggest puzzles in science today. Astronomical observations tell us Dark Matter makes up 27% of our universe and experiences the gravitational force, yet we still know very little beyond this. The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN has been built to try and understand some of the long-standing questions in science. Over 10,000 scientists come together from around the world to run mankind's biggest experiment in history, discovering the Higgs boson in 2012 that explains the origins of mass, and continuing to search for new, exotic particles that could explain Dark Matter. I will introduce the LHC and the largest of the four main detectors, ATLAS. I'll show you how and why we search for a rich array of new particles predicted by Supersymmetry and the latest results from these searches. As the LHC program moves into its final stage, what further secrets of the universe will we uncover?
About the speaker
Dr Tina Potter is a physicist, focusing on the discovery of new physics beyond the Standard Model. Dr Tina Potter has been a University Lecturer in the Department of Physics at the University of Cambridge since 2018. She was previously an Early Careers Lecturer in the same department. She studied for her MSci and PhD at Royal Holloway University of London, and took her first post as Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Sussex.