December 21, 2010 Tuesday 15:30
Can Kılıç, Rutgers University
Model-Independent Statements about Dark Matter and the LHC Connection

In the next years, dark matter detection experiments are expected to increase their sensitivity by two orders of magnitude in cross section. We use a model-independent approach to isolate robust predictions linking the results of direct detection, indirect detection and collider experiments. In particular, I will argue that detection of high energy neutrinos from dark matter annihilation at the center of the Sun will indicate dominantly spin-dependent scattering of dark matter from nuclei and also point to the existence of new colored states at the TeV scale which should be accessible at the LHC. I will also discuss implications for the LHC of dark matter transforming non-trivially under the Standard Model flavor symmetries.