Search for light dark matter and new physics with NA64: new results and prospects

Settembre 3, 2019@3:00 pm–4:00 pm
Aula 500
Aula 500

Dr. Sergei Gninenko (CERN)
What makes up most of the Universe mass? – is the central question of modern science. A possible answer to this question is: It is thermal dark matter (DM) with mass below the electroweak scale, m_DM << 100 GeV. The NA64 experiment is a fixed-target experiment designed to search for light dark matter and sub-GeV New Physics in missing energy events from high-energy electron, muon and hadron interactions in an active target at the CERN SPS. In this talk, I will discuss the motivation for light dark matter, describe in details the NA64 concept and performance. I will also present the latest NA64 results and discuss projections of the expected sensitivities
from running after LHC long shutdown 2 and beyond.