The LZ Dark Matter Experiment Collaboration Meeting and the XLZD Collaboration Meeting

Physicists from around the world convene at Brown to discuss dark matter research

The Center for the Fundamental Physics of the Universe (CFPU) hosted the LZ Dark Matter Experiment Conference and the XLZD Meeting June 10 - 13 in Hazeltine Commons at the home of Brown Physics, Barus and Holley.

According to the center's manager and conference organizer Ariel Green, participants in the LZ/XLZD meeting this week hail from Portugal (Laboratório de Instrumentação e Física Experimental de Partículas -- LIP), the University of Zurich and "Tons of people from universities in the UK: Liverpool, Sheffield, Oxford, UCL, Imperial College London, Bristol, Edinburgh, Kings College London, as well as multiple national labs here in the US, and multiple US universities, from Alabama, Stanford, UPenn, UCSB, Maryland, Northwestern, SUNY Albany, UMASS, UCLA, UCSB, UTexas at Austin." 

Ph.D. student Jeanne Bang said she is excited to meet scientists from around the world right here in her home of Providence, where she lives and works. Center director Prof. Richard Gaitskell said, “The experiment’s been running for a number of years now, and we’re discussing the data that we’ve been able to take, and we’re developing new analyses looking for various possible dark matter candidates.”

Over the course of the three-day conference, the Center hosted 95 in-person attendees for Lux Zepelin (LZ) Dark Matter Collaboration Meeting June 10 - 12 and 35 for the XLZD meeting on June 13th. Ms. Green says that “the actual number of people working on these experiments is much higher.”