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Terrible Ideas I've Had

17 Jun 2019, 14:46 UTC
Terrible Ideas I've Had
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I just got back from a two week workshop on dark matter hosted by the Aspen Physics Center. Aspen Physics is a really special place to think: the workshops are limited to only a few planned meetings per week. You’re supposed to just talk and work and think. So I took this trip as an opportunity to take a bit of a vacation from my existing projects, and try to think about interesting things that I wasn’t working on, but maybe should.

Is this dark matter? I legitimately have no idea. (Daylan et al)

The thing that could my attention was the saga of the Goodenough-Hooperon. Ten years ago, Lisa Goodenough and Dan Hooper noticed that there were slightly too many gamma rays coming from the Galactic Center (as measured by the Fermi Gamma-Ray Space Telescope) than one might expect from known astrophysical sources. Interestingly, these gamma rays had a spatial distribution around the center of the Galaxy as a function ...

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