Discovering the Universe on a Shoestring Budget
Breakfast Lecture Series
Jonathan Feng, Department of Physics & Astronomy
October 29, 2019
UCI Student Center, Pacific Ballroom D
7:30 - 9:00AM
We are swimming in a sea of dark matter and we don’t even know it. In fact, 85% of the matter in the universe is composed of particles that have yet to be identified. For decades, the leading attempts to detect these new particles have been large undertakings, requiring decades of effort, thousands of physicists, and billions of dollars. More recently, however, new ideas have led to novel opportunities for discovery with fast, small, and inexpensive experiments. In this talk, Jonathan Feng will explain how this new approach came to be. He will then describe FASER, a UCI-led experiment being constructed in Geneva, Switzerland that will search for new particles, probe the dark sector of the universe, and detect neutrinos at the highest man-made energies ever recorded.
Jonathan Feng is a physicist who explores the deep connections between our understanding of the universe at the smallest and largest length scales. Feng grew up in California, studied physics and mathematics at Harvard and Cambridge, and received his Ph.D. from Stanford. He joined the UC Irvine faculty in 2002 and was appointed Professor and Chancellor’s Fellow in 2006.
Feng’s research has appeared in everything from the Washington Post to The Big Bang Theory, and a cover story he wrote for Scientific American won a National Magazine Award, the preeminent award for magazine journalism in the United States. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science and has served on the advisory boards of numerous organizations both in the U.S. and abroad. His research has been generously supported by awards from the National Science, Sloan, Guggenheim, Heising-Simons, and Simons Foundations.
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