Disque Hall 919, 32 South 32nd Street Philadelphia, PA 19104
Physics Colloquium: Bose-Einstein Condensates in Space!
Thursday, May 15, 2014
3:30 PM-4:30 PM
Chanda Prescod-Weinstein, PhD, MLK Postdoctoral Fellow, MIT
What constitutes the dark matter? As the hunt for a direct detection continues, theories abound. An intriguing proposal is due to Sikivie & Yang, who suggest that the dark matter is made up of a hypothetical particle called the axion, and in their picture the axionic dark matter forms an exotic type of gas known as a Bose-Einstein condensate. In this talk, I will discuss efforts to understand the Sikivie-Yang proposal, one of which spurred the development of a new framework for studying the Hamiltonian dynamics of gauge theories in curved spaces.
Assistant Professor Michelle Dolinski