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The race to solve the solar metallicity problem with neutrinos and discover dark matter

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Several next-generation experiments aim to make the first measurement of the neutrino flux from the Carbon-Nitrogen-Oxygen (CNO) solar fusion cycle. This will provide crucial new information for models of the Sun, which currently are not able to consistently explain both helioseismology data and the abundance of metal elements, such as carbon, in the solar photosphere. The solution to this solar metallicity problem may involve new models of solar diffusion or even the capture of light dark matter by the Sun. I look at how soon electronic-recoil experiments such as SNO +, Borexino and Argo will measure the CNO neutrino flux, and the challenges this involves. I also consider experiments looking for nuclear-recoils from CNO neutrinos, which requires sensitivity to very low energies, and discuss how the same technology is also key to direct searches for sub-GeV mass dark matter.

This talk is part of the HEP phenomenology joint Cavendish-DAMTP seminar series.

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