Seminar: GAPS: Searching for Dark Matter with Cosmic-ray Antinuclei
Title: GAPS: Searching for dark matter with cosmic-ray antinuclei
Speaker: Dr. XIAO Mengjiao (MIT)
Time: 15:00pm, Dec.19 (Thursday), 2019
Place: Room1006, Building 5
The General Antiparticle Spectrometer (GAPS) is a balloon-borne experiment designed to identify cosmic anti-nuclei, in particular antideuterons from dark matter annihilation or decay, using the uniquely characterized atomic X-rays and charged particles from the decay of exotic atoms. With such a novel detection approach, benefiting from a custom-developed large-area silicon tracker and a large-acceptance time-of-flight system, GAPS is sensitive to antideuterons with kinetic energy <0.25 GeV/nucleon, which should offer an essentially background-free region to probe various dark matter models. Additionally, one long duration balloon flight allows GAPS to collect a high-statistics antiproton spectrum in an unexplored energy range.
The first flight of GAPS is scheduled for 2021 from Antarctica. This talk will present the science impact of the GAPS experiment, while focusing on the detection principle, conceptual design, details of construction status and the path forward to the initial flight.