In Search of the Dark Sector

The so-called “fine-structure constant” is a deeply important number in physics. It describes the strength of the electromagnetic force between fundamental particles. This means, among countless other things, that it gauges the interaction between all the atoms and molecules in our bodies. Of the fine-structure constant, physicist Max Born said, “The explanation of this number must be the central problem of natural philosophy.
Modern measurements of the fine-structure constant reach a precision of 0.2 parts per billion. This allows us to test the celebrated Standard Model of Particle Physics at unprecedented levels. It also allows us to look for new particles and forces arising from the “dark sector,” the enormous world of undiscovered particles that make up dark matter and dark energy.
Our speaker is Dr. Holger Müller, Associate Professor of Physics, UC Berkeley.

Dr. Holger Müller

WHAT: Precision Physics in Search of the Dark Sector
WHO: Dr. Holger Müller, Associate Professor of Physics, UC Berkeley
WHERE: Alameda Free Library, 1550 Oak Street, Alameda CA 94501
WHEN: 2018-10-28 — 2:00pm, Sunday, October 28, 2018
HOW: This event, part of the Bay Area Science Festival, has no admission charge thanks to the thoughtfulness of Wonderfest supporters. If you, too, would like to contribute to The Bay Area Beacon of Science, please use the "Tickets" box, below.