Scientific Colloquium
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Building 8 Auditorium

"The Galactic Center 130 GeV Line: WIMP or Artifact?"

The recent claims of a gamma-ray line in the Galactic center at 130 GeV
has generated excitement, not least because it could be a signal of dark
matter annihilation.  I will summarize the current state of the
observations of the Galactic Center, clusters, and unassociated halo
objects, and speculate about models of particle dark matter that could
explain the data.

About the speaker:
Douglas Finkbeiner is Associate Professor of Astronomy and of Physics at Harvard University. He was instrumental in the discovery of the "Fermi Bubbles," giant structures in our Galaxy seen with the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope's Large Area Telescope. See THIS LINK.
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