Helen and Morton Sternheim Lecture: 'Dark Matter: Puzzles and Clues'
April 13, 2017
4:00 pm-5:00 pm
Integrated Sciences Building
UMass Amherst Campus
Glennys Farrar of New York University speaks on "Dark Matter: Puzzles and Clues."
In the 1970s, Vera Rubin and her collaborators discovered and established the “Dark Matter Phenomenon.” Despite four decades of intense effort, the nature of Dark matter remains a major unsolved mystery of particle physics and astrophysics. This talk will describe in simple terms what we know about dark matter, highlighting some particularly puzzling features and current theoretical, observational and experimental efforts to understand it. The dark matter phenomenon also presents a sociological puzzle: why wasn't a Nobel Prize awarded for its discovery? Some background information will be provided, to enable the audience to debate the question.
Farrar is a distinguished theoretical physicist who has made seminal contributions in many areas of particle physics. She was the first to demonstrate that quarks are actually physical particles and not just mathematical devices. Her other work includes pioneering studies of supersymmetry, the strong force, the cosmic matter-antimatter asymmetry, high-energy cosmic rays, dark matter and the galactic magnetic field. She was the first woman to receive a Ph.D. in physics from Princeton University.