The Astrophysics of Cold Dark Matter
Kristine Spekkens
Assistant Professor
Department of Physics, Royal Military College of Canada
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
3:30PM- 4:30PM
HP 4351

There is now overwhelming astrophysical evidence that 85% of the matter density of the Universe is made up of cold dark matter. In this talk, I will review the astrophysical need for invoke dark matter, as well as the observations that constrain its properties. I will then discuss the apparent discord between predicted and observed dark matter halos in galaxies, and provide an update on progress towards reconciling these discrepancies within the cold dark matter paradigm. Finally, I will describe promising avenues for future astronomical observations that, together with particle physics experiments, may elucidate the nature of the dark matter.