Tuesday, February 13th: Why is there something in the universe instead of nothing?

Event Date: 

Tuesday, February 13, 2018 - 4:00pm

Event Location: 

  • Webb Hall 1100
  • Physics Colloquium

These are two questions that each bring together physics on the largest of observable scales with the behavior of particles on the smallest of scales. Why matter formed and what caused it to cluster and form the galaxies and stars that we see in the universe are among the most fundamental open questions in physics today. And the answers may lie in understanding the breakdowns of the Standard Model. In this talk I will discuss the search for Neutrinoless Double Beta Decay -- a lepton number violating decay that may shed light on the matter-antimatter asymmetry of the Universe -- and describe the CUORE experiment, which searches for this decay. I will also discuss the search for Axion Dark Matter, and a new experiment that we are building at MIT to discover it, called ABRACADABRA.

Jonathan Ouellet, MIT