Physics colloquium: Axions and the International Axion Observatory (IAXO)
This is a past event.
Friday, September 13, 2019 at 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Prof. Maurizio Giannotti
Physical Science, Barry University
Abstract: Axions are hypothetical particles that have received a lot of attention in the last few years. Originally proposed to solve some inconsistencies in the physics of strong interactions, axions may also play an important role in astrophysics, particularly in stellar evolution, and in cosmology, being one of the most promising dark matter candidates. In this talk, I will give a general overview of the physics and astrophysics of axions, of their role as dark matter candidates, and of the current experimental efforts in detecting this particle. In particular, I will discuss the International Axion Observatory (IAXO), a proposal for a large telescope to detect solar axions.