News from PICO and COHERENT

News from PICO and COHERENT
Juan Collar, University of Chicago
Picture of Juan Collar
Date and time: Wed, Oct 04, 2017 - 4:00pm
Refreshments at 3:45pm
Location: Hasbrouck 134
Category: Departmental Colloquium

I will discuss the most recent results from PICO, a search for particle dark matter using rather unconventional bubble chambers. I will then move on to COHERENT, an ongoing effort at ORNL’s Spallation Neutron Source seeking to exploit the recently-measured coherent neutrino-nucleus scattering (CEvNS) as a new tool for neutrino physics. The common ground between these two projects is the detection of keV and sub-keV nuclear recoils. The challenges in developing and understanding detector technologies sensitive to these will be emphasized.