The Sound of Dark Matter

Simon Knapen
Fri February 16th 2024, 3:00 - 4:30pm
Lawrence Berkeley National Lab
Varian 312

I will explain how we can search for light Dark Matter by detecting small amounts of phonons in specific crystals. To calculate the scattering rates, we must use methods from computational condensed matter physics within the context of particle physics. I will also discuss potentially very subtle backgrounds that can arise from crystal defects in the detector material.