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Dark Matter Day

Dark Matter Day is presented in partnership with the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab

October 29th
2:00-3:30 pm
Free with admission

Learn all about how scientist and researchers are using accelerators and underground detectors to hunt for the mysterious particles that make up dark matter. Though astronomers cannot see dark matter directly, we know that dark matter drives the accelerating expansion of the universe. Watch our planetarium show Phantom of the Universe, followed by short presentations and Q & A, with three world renowned scientists who research dark matter. 


Heather Gray

Heather Gray is a Divisional Fellow working in the physics department at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. She splits her time between Berkeley and Geneva while working on the ATLAS experiment. She specialises in the Higgs boson and also works on silicon pixel detectors and algorithms to reconstruct the trajectories of particles passing through silicon detectors. Heather is originally from Cape Town, South Africa, where she did her undergraduate degree and spent 7 years working for CERN in Switzerland. When not at work, she can usually be found in the mountains or the ocean.

Zachary Marshall

Marshall is a physicist and Divisional Fellow at Berkeley Lab. His research is focused on searches for supersymmetry and jet physics, with a significant amount of time spent working on software and trying to help students with physics and life in ATLAS.  

Dan McKinsey

McKinsey is a leader in the field of direct searches for dark matter interactions, and serves as Co-Spokesperson of the LUX experiment. He also collaborates on the LZ experiment and is doing R&D on superfluid helium for low-mass dark matter detection. McKinsey's research centers on non-accelerator particle physics, particle astrophysics, and low temperature physics. In particular, his work is on the development, construction, and operation of new detectors using liquefied noble gases, which are useful in looking for physics beyond the Standard Model. Applications include the search for dark matter interactions with ordinary matter, searches for neutrinoless double beta decay, and the measurement of the low energy solar neutrino flux.