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Apéro-Scientifique 21.11.23 (General Admission)

Date: 21 Nov 2023, 6:00pm - 7:30pm (GMT+10:00) Melbourne

“The search for Dark Matter and its implications for our understanding of the Universe” by Sara Diglio

Despite impressive progress during the last decades in the understanding of our Universe, we still do not know what the largest part of it is made of. Shedding light on the nature of this mysterious “Dark Matter” that constitutes about 85% of the matter in our Universe, is one of the main challenges of modern physics today.

In this seminar, several fascinating theories/elements/viewpoints/commentaries relating to the quest for the nature of Dark Matter will be presented. The speaker will also discuss the role France and Australia play in this effort through the construction of new detectors, as well as their involvement in world-class research in this area.


Sara Diglio is a CNRS researcher at the SUBATECH laboratory in Nantes, France.

Sara has been at the forefront of high energy physics research with the ATLAS collaboration at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN for the past 10 years, contributing to the discovery of the of the Higgs boson in 2012. In 2015, she joined the international XENON collaboration whose ambitious and exciting project is to find direct evidence of the existence of Dark Matter in the Universe.

Sara Diglio is part of the Melbourne-CNRS Network and associate investigator of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Dark Matter Particle Physics funded by the Australian Research Council. She built a collaborative program under Prof. Barberio at the School of Physics at the University of Melbourne to work on future DARWIN/XLZD projects that will further increase the discovery potential of Dark Matter in years to come.

Kindly note that the conference will be held in English.


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