About the INPA Seminars

All seminars are on Fridays (unless otherwise noted) and start at 12:00 (noon) with a brief presentation of the weekly scientific news. Typically the talks end by 13:00. The seminars take place in Bldg. 50A, room 5132.

The committee members are:

The following Seminar schedule for the Institute for Nuclear and Particle Astrophysics is tentative. The seminar becomes final usually a few days before the Friday of the talk.

If you have questions, comments, or suggestions please contact Kawana Yancey at 510-486-5421 kyancey@lbl.gov

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Sinead Griffin (LBL) – Materials considerations for New Dark Matter Detectors

February 8 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

New discoveries in quantum information science and in dark matter detection rely on finding more sensitive detectors than those in state-of-the-art experiments. Traditional detector technologies, based on nuclear and electron scattering, have a lower bound on their sensitivity depending on the target’s mass and bandgap. We investigate two classes of new low-threshold detector target materials — Dirac electrons and optical phonons — using first-principles calculations. We discuss how the dark matter/target interaction can be optimized using chemical and physical engineering, and present the target reach for these new dark matter detection proposals.


February 8
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


Sessler Conference Room CA

INPA guests from campus can now come up to the lab early on Fridays. The INPA Common Room (50-5026) is reserved for our guests from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon, and from 1 pm to 5 pm. Note that the seminars are now held in 50A-5132 to accommodate a larger number of attendees.

Also, on Fridays from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm you are welcome to join the INPA Speaker for a brown-bag lunch in the small Pers Hall conference room, 54-130B.

INPA Tea Series

The Physics and Nuclear Science Divisions have together been leaders in revolutionary changes in our understanding of neutrinos and cosmology. Everyone is welcome to attend the open forum. Tea and light refreshments will be served.

INPA Common Room (50-5026)
3:30 pm

Access to the Lab

For a shuttle pass please email Kawana Yancey. Please note: the pass is only valid for the day of the seminar.

If you have questions, comments, or suggestions please contact, preferably via email, Kawana Yancey.