Dark Matter in the Cosmic Context

Tuesday, 20 October, 2015 - 15:00 to 16:00

Dark matter forms the foundation for all cosmic structure, and its annihilation, decay, or other particle interactions have the potential to affect early structure formation by injecting energy into local gas. I will discuss the status of the quest to identify dark matter, major unsolved problems, and how dark matter particle interactions can affect the earliest cosmic structures. I will also give an update on plans to carry out a dark matter direct detection experiment in rural Victoria. [Papers: arXiv: 1309.7783, 1411.3783]