Complementarity between Dark Matter Searches
and Collider Experiments

University of California, Irvine
Saturday June 10 and Sunday June 11


Sponsored by the UC Institute for Nuclear/Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology


The purpose of this workshop, which takes place just before the SUSY06 conference in Irvine, is to explore the complementarity between astrophysical direct and indirect searches for dark matter and collider searches for supersymmetry and large extra dimensions. The nature of dark matter is at the intersection of central scientific questions in two fields: for astrophysicists, the understanding of the dark side of the universe, for particle physicists, the understanding of the energy scale hierarchy and unification of forces. Our goal is to bring together astrophysicists and collider physicists, theorists and experimentalists, to explore how can we make progress together.

We will first discuss the "short" term, with the startup of LHC, the next generation of direct detection experiments, the launching of GLAST, and the high energy neutrino detectors. We may indeed discover a smoking gun in several of these fields, but initially we will have incomplete information. How do we combine the information from these different types of experiments to reach rapidly the underlying fundamental physics? It is also possible that we will obtain new evidence in only one of those fields. How can we guide then the other fields to get corroborating evidence and understand the physics at play? We will finally discuss the long run and the possibility of the full determination of properties of dark matter particles at colliders (LHC and ILC) and how these properties can be used by astrophysics experiments to answer astrophysical questions such as the galactic halo structure.

The conference will take place from Saturday morning, June 10 at 9:00 am to Sunday evening, June 11 at 6:00 pm in the McDonald-Douglas auditorium on the UC Irvine campus. These are the two days just before the SUSY 06 conference. For accommodation, participants are encouraged to contact rapidly the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel where they should be able to get the SUSY06 rate. (You can access the reservation form through the SUSY06 Hotel and Registration webpage. The form accepts dates earlier than June 11 for arrival.) Since the hotel is 5 minutes drive from UC Irvine, the simplest is to car pool or use a taxi cab to get to and from the Irvine campus. Lunch both on Saturday and Sunday will be provided as part of the registration fee,

Details about the registration from this workshop and about the scientific program will be available shortly on the web and will be linked to the SUSY06 web site.

If you would like to give a talk, send a title and brief abstract to Bernard Sadoulet at sadoulet [at] cosmology.berkeley.edu.