Mudd Talks: “Secrets of the Hidden Universe”

April 8, 2021 Add to Calendar

5–6 p.m.



Our Milky Way galaxy is made of hundreds of billions of stars like our Sun, and there are hundreds of billions of other galaxies like it. But if we add up all the stars, planets, and gas in the vastness of space, we find that it is only a small fraction of the total mass in the universe! We are surrounded and outnumbered by an invisible type of matter that cannot be explained with the atoms, molecules or subatomic particles that make up everyday matter. Brian Shuve will describe what we currently know about dark matter and what secrets this hidden part of the universe might hold regarding the laws of nature and the origin and structure of the universe. He will then show how particle physicists at Harvey Mudd are using simulations and experimental data from high-energy particle colliders with the aim of uncovering these secrets.

Open to all HMC constituents.

Brian Shuve, assistant professor of physics at Harvey Mudd College, conducts research in theoretical particle physics and cosmology. He received an undergraduate degree in engineering science from the University of Toronto, and a PhD in physics from Harvard University. He has worked as a postdoctoral researcher at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory at Stanford and at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Waterloo, Canada. He joined the HMC faculty in 2017 and is passionate about making research in particle theory accessible to undergraduate students. He is also committed to equity in physics and has been involved in diversity, equity and inclusion efforts locally and in the broader physics community, including as a member of the Particles for Justice collective.

The research presented in this talk is supported by the National Science Foundation.