Thursday, April 5th, 6pm
Santa Fe Complex, 1807 2nd St #107, Santa Fe, NM 87505
Most of the Universe can’t even be bothered to interact with you. This is the message from physicists and astronomers who have determined that the vast majority of mass in the Universe is not in the form of atoms, but instead in a mysterious form of invisible “dark matter.” Despite its ubiquity however, close to nothing is known about this unusual type of matter! In this lecture, Ian Shoemaker will discuss the history of dark matter, how we’ve come to be certain that it exists, and the ongoing race to discover its true nature.
An Albuquerque native, Ian Shoemaker studied physics at Brandeis University and obtained a Ph.D. from UCLA in 2010. He is currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Los Alamos National Laboratory.