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Behind the Scenes of the Universe: From the Higgs to Dark Matter

Dr. Gianfranco Bertone, University of Amsterdam

WEDNESDAY, May 7, 2014 AT 7:00PM

Waterloo collegiate institute - 300 hazel st. waterloo

The Universe is filled with an unknown, elusive substance  that is fundamentally different from anything we have ever seen with our  telescopes or measured in our laboratories. It is called dark matter, and identifying its nature constitutes one of the most pressing challenges of modern science. In my talk, I will argue that we may be about to witness a pivotal paradigm shift in physics, as we set out to test the existence of some of the most promising dark matter candidates with a wide array of experiments, from the Large Hadron Collider at CERN to a new generation of astroparticle experiments underground and in space.
Gianfranco Bertone is an Associate Professor at the University of Amsterdam, where he investigates topics at the interface between Particle Physics and Cosmology. After a PhD at the University of Oxford and the Institute of Astrophysics in Paris, he has held teaching and research positions at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, the University of Padova and the University of Zurich, before going back to Paris as a permanent CNRS researcher. He joined in 2011 the new center of excellence in Gravitation and Astroparticle Physics of the University of Amsterdam, where he leads a group supported by a prestigious European Research Council 'Starting Grant'. He is the editor of the book "Particle Dark Matter: Observations, Models and Searches", editor-in-chief of the journal "Physics of the Dark Universe", and author of the popular science book "Behind the Scenes of the Universe: From the Higgs to Dark Matter"


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