Dark Matter in Space and Under Our Feet
Roughly a quarter of the energy density of the universe is in the form
of matter that behaves like ordinary matter in terms of its
gravitational pull, but is otherwise hidden. I will discuss the
methods being used to discover the nature of this matter and the
reasons to optimistic about its discovery in this decade.
Dr. Manoj Kaplinghat is a theoretical physicist. He was born in India and got his degree
in Engineering Physics at Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay. He
got his Ph.D. in Physics from the Ohio State University. He was a
postdoctoral scholar at University of Chicago and then UC Davis before
accepting the faculty position at UC Irvine. Dr. Kaplinghat looks for the
signatures of elementary particles in the cosmos and his recent focus
has been on the elusive dark matter particle.
"What's Up?" in this month will be presented by Jim Benet