The Future of Dark Matter Detection
December 9 - 10, 2004
KICP, University of Chicago
Workshop on Next Generation Dark Matter Detectors
Organizers: Daniel Akerib (Case Western Reserve University),
Juan Collar (KICP, University of Chicago),
Rick Gaitskell (Brown University).
We intend to host a small "Workshop on Next Generation Dark Matter Detectors" with a half-day extension into an EFI
mini-symposium, under the auspices of the Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics at the University of Chicago. The
chosen dates are December 9th and 10th (possibly also the 11th, depending on participation).
Goals for the workshop are
delineated below. Emphasis will be on having a useful meeting, i.e., on providing us with an opportunity to meet and
discuss the future of the field in a more intimate ambiance than what is usually possible in conferences. To germinate
the seeds of new collaborative efforts would be a most desirable outcome.
The main subject of discussion will be an in-depth comparison of present and envisioned direct detection techniques
and experiments within each, in particular those able to reach the ton and multi-ton target mass challenges. How far can
each take us, realistically? What will it take to maximize the potential of each? Are the required technologies within
reach? Are we ready to speak of multi-ton detectors? Can we beat the backgrounds that would make these superfluous?
Recent developments in the field seem to indicate that the unequivocal discovery of a dark matter particle will most
probably take a number of experiments, possibly relying on different techniques and target materials, all coinciding in
their predictions for the origin of the signal. What will be considered "proof"? Can we identify a minimum set of
signatures or "tests" necessary for a claim? (or rather, for us as a community to embrace it). Can we identify possible
pitfalls? (i.e., can we come up with a close to complete list of backgrounds or systematic dependences that should be
excluded as the possible origin for a putative signal). Can we agree on the need or a policy to disclose data for peer
inspection? Do we need an underground hall with special features that would enable us to control some of the bad
actors already visible in the horizon? (e.g. "punch-through" neutrons). Can we coordinate the effort to propose it, if the
Since several of these techniques have a significant overlap, what are the opportunities for cross-interaction? Can we
envision a rough schedule for the discovery of the Dark Matter particle? Can we compete with our HEP friends? Is
there life after the LHC? What can we do, synergistically, to get there first? In this last respect, would setting up a
number of workgroups (background studies, new detector technology exchange, new phenomenology, etc.) help us as a
Are we able to think out of the box? What other particle candidates should we be worrying about? (have we been too
focused on WIMPs and axions?). What would it take to extend present technologies to cover these? Can we propose at
this stage any new methods of detection?
New underground Laboratories: We recognize that the timing of this workshop is coincident with other efforts in the
community to further plan the array of experiments that can benefit from access to very deep sites, namely Snolab and
the NSF's "S1" science solicitation for DUSEL. We welcome the proponents and participants of these efforts to
coordinate with us on this Chicago workshop to meet our common goals.
We are looking into having a monographic volume published by World Scientific. The workshop should provide us
with an opportunity to develop many of these "fringe thoughts" described above. Evidently, too many questions are
listed here. One could encapsulate them into, "where do we see ourselves a decade from now?" and "how can we help
each other get there?". That best describes the desired spirit of the workshop.
Please let us know at your earliest convenience about your interest in participating and making a presentation. Feel free
to propagate to colleagues that may not have been included in this rough list.
A Preliminary Schedule of talks is available here.
If you are scheduled to give a talk please submit and abstract
via email to Juan Collar (collaruchicago.edu)
and Tiffany Miles (tmilescfcp.uchicago.edu).
The workshop will be held at the University of Chicago Campus in
the Research Institute building
located at 5640 South Ellis.
The Workshop room is RI-480, and located on the 4th floor.
There will be transportation to and from the
"Hyatt on Printers Row" hotel daily.
The conference Hotel is:
Hyatt on Printers Row
500 South Dearborn Street
Chicago, IL 60605
Phone: (312) 344-4921
The last day to secure a hotel room at the conference hotel at the rate
of $120.00 a night plus tax for single occupancy was Monday, November 22,
2004. Rooms may still be available at this hotel. To secure a room send
email to Tiffany Miles (tmilescfcp.uchicago.edu)
with arrival and departure dates or you may call
the hotel directly and reference the Dark Matter Workshop. Rates are not
guaranteed at $120.00 and may be higher.
Ground transportation will be provided daily from the Hyatt hotel to
the conference and back. Participants are responsible for paying
their own hotel bill.
There are two ways to get to the "Hyatt on Printers Row" hotel from the Airport:
- Taxi (individual taxies cost about $40 one way, shared taxis are often available for less).
- Continental Airport Express Shuttle: for one passenger
traveling one-way the cost is $23.00. For roundtrip the cost is $41.00. Shuttles leave O'Hare airport
for all hotels downtown every 10 to 15 minutes from terminals 1E, 3E, 2D and 5E.
No reservations needed to go to downtown hotels.
For any other logistical information please contact:
Ms. Tiffany L. Miles
Visitor and Symposium Secretary
Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics
933 East 56th Street
Chicago, IL 60637
Phone: (773) 702-4338
Fax: (773) 834-8279