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The George P. and Cynthia Woods Mitchell Institute for Fundamental Physics and Astronomy builds on the interface between Astrophysics, High Energy Experiment, and High Energy Theory to advance our knowledge and understanding of the Universe. We explore the Universe from the lightest particles to its most massive structures through vibrant research programs centered on theory, observations, and experiments. We are dedicated to sharing our knowledge and the excitement of discovery through education and public outreach, conferences, workshops, and a visitors’ program. The Mitchell Institute is part of the Department of Physics and Astronomy in the College of Science at Texas A&M University.

Upcoming Events

Manifesting the Imprints of Elastic and Exothermic Scatterings Among Dark Matter Particles in Astrophysical/Cosmological Observations HEPEC

In this talk, I will give an overview of how elastic and exothermic scatterings among dark matter particles give rise to distinctive features in late-time structure formation. I will explain how astrophysical observations on the structures of galaxies can probe such unique features, and discuss how the observations can help distinguish different dark matter models. I will then explain how the interplay between the elastic and exothermic scatterings self-heats the overall dark matter in the early Universe. I will demonstrate that self-heating is often realized in scenarios of (sub-)GeV scale non-minimal dark sector. I will discuss how self-heating leaves imprints in cosmological observables and how it affects the interpretation of direct/indirect-detection experiments. Finally, I will discuss how astrophysical/cosmological observations and accelerator-based experiments can be complementary to each other in probing multi-component dark matter scenarios.


Jan 19, 2022 @ 4:00pm - 5:00pm

TBA High Energy Theory

Speaker: Sridip Pal (Institute for Advanced Study)
Jan 24, 2022 @ 3:00pm - 4:00pm  |  MIST M108, Mitchell Institute for Fundamental Physics & Astronomy, College Station, Texas, 77843, Central Texas, United States

TBA HEPEC

Speaker: Mike Trott (Niels Bohr Institute)
Jan 26, 2022 @ 4:00pm  |  Hawking Auditorium, Mitchell Institute for Fundamental Physics & Astronomy, College Station, Texas, 77843, Central Texas, United States

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