Constraining sub-GeV dark-matter models via analysis of electronic response of semiconductor targets

Walter Tarantino

Post-doctorant à l'ETH de Zurich dans le groupe "Materials Theory"

lundi 3 juillet 2017 @ 11h00

Light dark matter scenarios are becoming increasingly plausible. For a DM particle of mass in the MeV to GeV range, scattering off electrons might represent a more favourable channel with respect to nuclei scattering. In this context, experiments based on semiconductor targets, which are characterised by an electron ionization energy of around 1 eV, may enable to explore new regions of the parameter space of dark matter models. Accurate computation of the relevant dark-matter--electron scattering amplitudes are quite nontrivial, due to the complication of treating electronic bound states. Moreover, only recently appropriate numerical tools have started being developed. In this talk I shall discuss how these tools can be used to discriminate dark matter models and possibly help in designing new experiments.