[PAST EVENT] Physics Colloquium
December 2, 2011
Abstract: More and more physics at large distance scales is becoming intertwined with physics at the smallest scales. There is no better example of this than dark matter. Dark matter makes up 85% of the matter in the universe and is responsible for the unusual rotation curves of galaxies. Importantly, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), which will directly probe distances of 5 x 10^-18 cm, is widely expected to provide a window into the properties of dark matter. In this colloquium, we will describe the experimental quest to understand the nature of dark matter and provide constraints on dark matter theories. We will also discuss the many unanswered questions about dark matter and what they mean for the future.