In the interpretation of direct detection experiments scales ranging from the appearance of physics beyond the Standard Model down to nuclear energy levels matter, and for each energy region the appropriate degrees of freedoms need to be considered to extract robust constraints on the nature of dark matter. This task can be achieved by matching a tower of effective field theories that reveals how the dark matter properties are encoded in a handful of couplings accessible in experiment. In the talk I will give an overview over this approach, concentrating on the nuclear and hadronic physics required to turn limits on the direct detection rates into constraints on the dark matter parameter space.
About the speaker
Martin Hoferichter received his PhD in Bonn, and is now a Research Assistant Professor at University of Washington after have been a postdoc in Bern, Darmstadt, and Seattle.
More information on Martin can be found here.