KICP Colloquium:  Rebecca Leane (Stanford University)

4:00–5:00 pm Zoom

Rebecca Leane (Stanford University) "Dark Matter in Stars and Planets"

I will discuss new ways that stars and planets can be used to discover dark matter. This includes a new search for light dark matter in exoplanets, where dark matter scatters, becomes captured, deposits annihilation energy, and increases the heat flow within exoplanets. I will discuss upcoming infrared telescope sensitivity to this scenario, detailing actionable discovery or exclusion searches, which lead to new tests of the dark matter scattering cross section. I will also discuss a new type of dark matter annihilation signal, which exploits the large Galactic center population of neutron stars and brown dwarfs.

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May 5