Antrittsvorlesung von Juniorprof. Dr. Matthias Schott

Im Rahmen des Physikalischen Kolloquiums Mainz

Fachbereich Physik, Mathematik und Informatik
Max-Planck Institut fuer Polymerforschung
Max-Planck Institut für Chemie (Otto-Hahn-Institut)

Dienstag, den 04.06.2013 um 17 Uhr c.t. im Hörsaal des Instituts für Kernphysik, Johann-Joachim-Becherweg 45
Kaffee und Tee ab 16:45 Uhr.

It does not have to be Supersymmetry: The Search for Axions in the Lab

Juniorprof. Dr. Matthias Schott
Institut für Physik (ETAP), Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz

This talk focuses on the search for the axion, a hypothetical elementary particle which historically appeared in the solution to the Strong-CP problem in Quantum Chromo Dynamics. Axions are currently the only good Cold Dark Matter candidate apart from supersymmetric particles. Although axions are expected to have only very small couplings to matter and radiation, several searches are underway. In this talk, the state of experiments searching for the axion through its coupling to photons is reviewed. Special emphasis is drawn to light shining through wall type of experiments based on high-power lasers and highly efficient photon detectors.