Conferences & Workshops, 2015
Dark Matter Hub meeting
February 17, 2015 | 9:00 AM | LASR conference room
We will host a dark matter hub meeting at KICP on Feb 17 (9 am - 1:30 pm).

The theme will be "beyond the simple WIMP" and focusing on a broader framework of the dark matter sector.

Dan Chung - "Dark matter in the early universe"
Bibhushan Shakya - "Neutrino Masses and Sterile Neutrino Dark Matter from the PeV Scale"
Francis-Yan Cyr-Racine - "Gravitational Detection of Self-Interacting Dark Matter"
Tongyan Lin - "CMB probes of WIMP and non-WIMP dark matter"
Dan Grin - "Axions in cosmology"
12:30 - 1:30
Lunch and discussion on dark sector, lead by Rocky Kolb

American Society on Aging Workshop: "Bringing Astrophysics to Older Adults"
March 24, 2015 | 1:00 PM | Chicago, IL

Location: Michigan A (East Tower, Bronze Level) , Hyatt Regency Chicago

This session will highlight a new program to bring astrophysics to older adults, where older Chicagoans are learning all about space from the researchers themselves. Come learn about how the physicists were prepared to work with older adults, how the programming was marketed and implemented, and the outcomes of this novel project.

1. Increase understanding of opportunities to interact with University or Research settings and to bring their expertise to older adults in your community.
2. Identify components of the training that was provided to prepare astrophysics faculty to have a successful presentation to older adults.
3. Recognize the different marketing and outreach techniques used to bring older audiences to the project and programming.
4. Develop ideas for replication of high level programming in their own communities.
5. Learn about the experience of and lessons learned by a physics researcher working with older adults and the aging network, and bringing their expertise to a new audience.

1. Physicists learned how to better reach older audiences
2. Older adults were exposed to high level science programming
3. Collaboration between the University of Chicago, Chicago Department on Aging and other community-based organizations.
4. Development of a model to unite university faculty with older adult programming.

  • Joyce Gallagher, MA, Executive Director of Senior Services, City of Chicago - Department of Family and Support Services
  • Daniel Grin, PhD, RN, KICP Associate fellow, NSF Astronomy and, University of Chicago
  • Karen Kolb Flude, MS, RFG, Principal, Age with Ease
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CMB Spectral Distortion Workshop
May 18 - 20, 2015 | Chicago, IL

The Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics (KICP) at the University of Chicago is hosting a workshop on CMB spectral distortions.

The frequency spectrum of the Cosmic Microwave Background has been shown to be a blackbody to a precision of 50 parts per million. However, at higher sensitivity the CMB is expected to show distortions from the blackbody shape. These distortions contain the signatures of energy-releasing processes in the early universe. A new experiment could improve the sensitivity to distortions by a factor of 1000 or more, opening a new window into the physics of the early universe.

This workshop will explore the science potential and design requirements for such an experiment. A series of working sessions will examine the spectral signatures from different effects, instrument trades to reach different sensitivity levels, and data analysis techniques to maximize the science return from the spatial/spectral maps.

The conference will be three days, Monday May 18 through Wednesday May 20.
  • The first day, Monday, will include an overview of the scientific questions accessible with CMB spectral distortion measurements, both from a theoretical and experimental perspective. These include predictions for the type and amplitude of distortions due to specific energy inputs in the early universe as well as predictions for the competing Galactic foreground emission. Experimental considerations include the sensitivity and accuracy of possible instruments and the trade space for optimization.
  • The second day, Tuesday, will consist of splinter sessions followed by short plenary reports. The goal is to allow workshop participants to exchange ideas and potentially develop collaborations for future research. Each splinter session will have a workshop leader who will give a brief splinter report. Reports from earlier sessions will inform and modify later sessions as freewheeling discussion leads to new critical topics. The topics for the splinter sessions are open for modification. The last topic of the Monday program is to update the splinter session topics. Suggestions for additional topics are invited.
  • The third day, Wednesday, will consist of topical reviews of the activities leading into a discussion of priorities for future research, both theoretical and experimental.
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Graduate Student Symposium
June 12, 2015 | 11:30 AM | LASR conference room
11:30 - 12:00
Food and Coffee
12:00 - 12:05
12:05 - 12:20
Pavel Motloch - "Neutrino detection with transition radiation"
12:25 - 12:40
Laura Kreidberg - "Exoplanet Atmospheres"
12:45 - 1:00
Sasha (Alexander) Kaurov - "Effect of Dark Matter annihilations on reionization and recombination"
1:00 - 1:05
1:05 - 1:20
Alan Robinson - "Dark Matter Searches need Nuclear Physics"
1:25 - 1:40
Chen He - "Probing the Early Universe with the CMB"
1:45 - 2:00
Sean Mills - "Observed Resonance in Kepler Planets"

Putting Your Data into World Wide Telescope (WWT)
July 28, 2015 | 9:00 AM | Chicago, IL

Tuesday July 28, 2015
9AM - 6PM
LASR Conference Room

This will be an intensive 1-day working workshop for people who are interested in porting their data into WorldWide Telescope and developing uses for that data in WWT - video abstracts, tours, etc. A follow-up data showcase at the Adler Planetarium is also planned.

A lunch talk will provide the larger KICP community with a broad introduction to WWT and ways that its stunning visuals can be used for outreach, teaching, professional talks, publications and research.Learn more >>

DESUC2015: Chicagoland-based DES meeting
September 3, 2015 | 9:30 AM | Chicago, IL

This 1-day long Chicagoland-based DES meeting creates a common discussion platform for those who work on Dark Energy Survey (DES) at the KICP, University of Chicago, Fermilab, UIUC, NCSA, and Argonne. The ongoing Dark Energy Survey is designed to probe the origin of the accelerating universe and help uncover the nature of dark energy by measuring the 14-billion-year history of cosmic expansion with high precision. Learn more about the survey at the DES website. The objectives of this meeting are to provide updates and to discuss various science/infrastructure projects that are going on in Chicagoland and to provide a channel for interested people to join ongoing and create new projects.Learn more >>

Calibration of low energy particle detectors
September 23 - 25, 2015 | Chicago, IL

Photo Gallery
The Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics (KICP) at the University of Chicago is hosting a workshop on the calibration of the energy response of a wide range of different targets and technologies that are currently being implemented and/or explored for the detection of the lowest energy signals from dark matter and neutrino interactions. These include scintillating crystals, ionization and phonon solid state detectors, noble liquid scintillation and ionization detectors, and superheated detectors.

We aim to bring together a diverse group of scientists to report, propose and discuss the various calibration techniques.

Current research at KICP includes multiple efforts, on- and off-site, on the calibration of bubble chambers, charge-coupled devices, noble liquid time projection chambers, p-type point-contact Ge detectors and CsI crystals.Learn more >>

Exploring Theories of Modified Gravity
October 12 - 14, 2015 | Chicago, IL

The Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics (KICP) at the University of Chicago is hosting a workshop this fall on theories of modified gravity. The purpose of workshop is to discuss recent progress and interesting directions in theoretical research into modified gravity. Topics of particular focus include: massive gravity, Horndeski, beyond Horndeski, and other derivatively coupled theories, screening and new physics in the gravitational sector, and possible observational probes of the above. The meeting will be relatively small, informal, and interactive workshop for the focused topics.Learn more >>

Dark Matter Hub workshop
November 16, 2015 | 9:00 AM | ERC 401
We will host a dark matter HUB meeting at KICP/EFI on Nov 16 (9 am - 1:30 pm) in Room 401 ERC.

Dan Hooper - "Dark Matter Indirect Detection with Subhalos"
Gordon Krnjaic - "Discovering or Falsifying Light Thermal Dark Matter"
Seyda Ipek - "Reducing Small Scale Structure via DM-Neutrino Interactions"
Coffee Break
Cosmin Deaconu - "Experimental Status of Directional Dark Matter
Andrey Kravstov - "Dark Matter Halo Structure: New Results and Insights"
Lunch and discussion