Institute for Nuclear and Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology

INPAC is a Multicampus Research Unit of the University of California, that aims to bring together UC researchers working in the fields of Nuclear and Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology.

Complementarity Between Dark Matter Searches and Collider Experiments

Sponsored by the UC Institute for Nuclear and Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology


Conference Details

Times and Dates: 9:30 A.M. – 6:00 P.M., Saturday, June 10, 2006
8:30 A.M. – 6:00 P.M., Sunday, June 11, 2006
Location: McDonnell-Douglas auditorium, UC Irvine campus. For details, see Logistics
Registration: $130 per person ($90 for students). Lunch, provided on both Saturday and Sunday, is included. Online registration has now closed. On-site registration will still be available.
Accommodation: A limited number of rooms are available to participants at the Marriott Newport Beach Hotel and Spa at the special SUSY06 rate. All reservations must be made through the Complete Conference Coordinators. To check on availability of rooms, please email
Scientific Program: The workshop program is available for perusal, including slides from the various talks.
Additional Information: Since the hotel is a five-minute drive from the campus, it is recommended to carpool or use a taxi to get to and from the workshop location.


The purpose of this workshop, which takes place just before the SUSY 06 conference in Irvine, is to explore the complementarity between astrophysical direct and indirect searches for dark matter and collider searches for supersymmetry and large extra dimensions. The nature of dark matter is at the intersection of central scientific questions in two fields: for astrophysicists, the understanding of the dark side of the universe; for particle physicists, the understanding of the energy scale hierarchy and unification of forces. Our goal is to bring together astrophysicists and collider physicists—theorists and experimentalists—to explore how we can make progress together.

We will first discuss the "short" term: with the startup of LHC, the next generation of direct detection experiments, the launching of GLAST and the high energy neutrino detectors. Perhaps, we will discover a smoking gun in several of these fields, although, initially, the information will not be complete. How do we combine the data from these different experiments to reach rapidly the underlying fundamental physics?

It is also possible that new evidence will only be found in one of those fields. How can we guide the other fields to get corroborating evidence and understand the physics at play?

Finally, we will discuss the long run and the possibility of the full determination of properties of dark matter particles at colliders (LHC and ILC); how these properties can be used by astrophysics experiments to answer astrophysical questions, such as the galactic halo structure.

The workshop precedes the SUSY 06 conference and will be held  in the McDonnell-Douglas auditorium on the UC Irvine campus.



Bernard Sadoulet
for the Scientific-Program Committee

Last Updated: 11 June 2006