Big Bang Relics and Applied Technology

Dr. Jeff Martoff
Department of Physics
Temple University

Searching for and making detailed measurements of relic particles from the Big  Bang are very high priority (the HIGHEST priority, according to some influential people) objectives in pure physics research today.  The most familiar of  these relics are the Cosmic Microwave Blackbody Radiation. However, any stable  particle which exists in nature MUST also have  a relic population.  The author's fascination with direction-sensitive  detection of the relics known as "WIMP dark matter" and the resulting applied technological developments will be discussed.