Big Bang Relics and Applied Technology
Dr. Jeff Martoff
Department of Physics
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.