New Directions in the Search for Light Dark Matter Particles

New Directions in the Search for Light Dark Matter Particles

June 4-7, 2019


Over the last few years, a growing community of scientists has begun to explore the prospect of dark matter lighter than the proton (sub- GeV), which cannot currently be detected with conventional laboratory-based searches. This workshop aims to bring together the various international communities, both experimental and theoretical, working on new technologies and models for light (sub- GeV) DM, in order to explore the feasibility of these new ideas. At the same time, we aim to connect this work to advances in next-generation imaging technology and quantum measurement, which have synergies with the field of DM research.

We intend to bring together experimental experts in:

  • Photon Counting Detectors for Rare Event Searches
  • Quantum Sensing
  • Cryogenic Calorimetry
  • Solid State Crystal Defects and Color Centers
  • Superconducting and Dirac Materials
  • Particle Detection with Ultra-Light Elements

Each of these techniques has something unique to offer in the search for light DM particles and we intend the workshop to probe how a mixture of these techniques could span the entire mass range of interest.


Local Organizing Committee

Dan Bauer (FNAL)

Dan Baxter (KICP)

Yoni Kahn (KICP)

Rakshya Katiwada (FNAL)

Gordan Krnjaic (FNAL)

Noah Kurinsky (FNAL)

Sam McDermott (FNAL)

Alissa Monte (FNAL)

Javier Tiffenberg (FNAL)

Scientific Advisory Panel

Peter Abbamonte ( UIUC)

Matteo Cremonisi (FNAL)

Alex Drlica-Wagner (FNAL/KICP)

Rouven Essig (Stony Brook)

Juan Estrada (FNAL)

Enectali Figueroa-Feliciano (Northwestern)

Sunil Golwala (Caltech)


Yonit Hochberg (Hebrew U)

Rocky Kolb (KICP)

Matt Pyle (UC Berkeley)

Florian Reindl (TU Vienna)

Tomer Volansky (Tel Aviv)

Kathryn Zurek (LBL)



The workshop is funded (in part) by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, which fosters path-breaking scientific discovery, environmental conservation, patient care improvements and preservation of the special character of the Bay Area. Visit and follow @MooreFound.