Astronomical and cosmological observations reveal that visible matter constitutes only a fraction of the total mass of the universe. Some form of dark matter, five times more abundant than ordinary matter, must exist. However, these observations tell us nothing about the origin and composition of this invisible constituent. None of the known particles is a viable candidate, and this firm empirical evidence leaves no doubt about the need for physics beyond the standard model.
Unveiling the mystery of dark matter will rely upon the synergy between investigations of nature at the largest and smallest length scales.
In the last few years, the possibility that dark matter is light and belongs to a dark sector feebly interacting with the standard model fields has attracted substantial attention. The PADUA workshop will gather world experts to review the state-of-the-art of light dark sector models and explore novel ideas to search for them.
The participation in the workshop includes coffee breaks and social dinner. No registration fee is required. Due to the room capacity of the workshop venue, the number of participants will be limited.
The deadline to apply is July 9th, 2023.