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Probing the Dark Sector of the Vacuum Using Cavities, Atoms and Lasers

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  • UserProf. Swapan Chattopadhyay, Director of the Cockcroft Institute and Sir John Cockcroft Chair of Physics at Liverpool, Manchester and Lancaster
  • ClockFriday 02 August 2013, 10:00-11:00
  • HouseKavli Large Meeting Room, Kavli Building.

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Recently, the Cockcroft Institute has initiated two laboratory scale prototype experiments exploiting the expertise, knowledge base and techniques of particle accelerators (e.g. high precision electromagnetic cavities) and laser-atom techniques (e.g. atom beam interferometry), to detect and explore possible ‘Dark Sector Photons’ and investigate laboratory manifestation of the ‘Dark Energy’. This is complementary to astrophysical or cosmological observations. I will briefly describe these two efforts and seek expert engagement on the heoretical, phenomenological and experimental particle physics/cosmology aspects that could give these experiments meaning and relevance.

This talk is part of the Institute of Astronomy Extra Talks series.

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