Interdisciplinary approach to QCD-like composite dark matter

01 October 2018 — 05 October 2018

Understanding the nature of Dark Matter (DM) is one of the key scientific questions in Particle Physics. Among the different scenarios for DM, one that is particularly interesting and relatively unexplored is the conjecture that DM particles are composite states of a new strongly coupled gauge sector like QCD. This origin could explain the stability of DM, the stringent constraints on its interactions with nuclei, and galactic structure anomalies potentially related to large DM self-interactions. In addition, composite DM candidates appear naturally in models of new physics motivated by the gauge hierarchy problem. A successful understanding of this paradigm requires insight from nuclear physics, strongly coupled quantum field theory, model building, cosmology, and astrophysics.
The goal of this workshop is to promote progress in composite DM research through an interdisciplinary approach that brings together experts from these different fields to exchange knowledge and plan future joint efforts.


  • Mikael Chala (University of Durham )
  • Germano Nardini (AEC - Universität Bern )
  • Veronica Sanz (University of Sussex)
  • David Schaich (AEC - Universität Bern )
  • Michael Ramsey-Musolf (University of Massachusetts & California Institute of Technology)

Privacy Notice

Pursuant to art. 13 of EU Regulation No. 2016/679 – General Data Protection Regulation and as detailed in the Privacy Policy for FBK-ECT* event’s participants, we inform you that the event will be recorded and disclosed on the FBK-ECT* institutional channels. In order not to be filmed or recorded, you can disable the webcam and/or mute the microphone during virtual events or inform the FBK-ECT* staff who organize the public event beforehand.
WordPress Cookie Notice by Real Cookie Banner