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Novel dark matter searches, identifying muzzle flashes, and more at 2014 APS DAMOP annual meeting
Date:6/3/2014

The 2014 DAMOP annual meeting takes place June 2 to June 6 at the Monona Terrace Convention Center in Madison, Wisconsin. A full schedule of meeting talks and posters is available at http://meeting.aps.org/Meeting/DAMOP14/APS_epitome

Here is a sampling of presentations at this year's DAMOP meeting

SEARCHING FOR DARK MATTER WITH MAGNETOMETERS AND ATOMIC CLOCKS

A worldwide network of sensitive magnetic field detectors could soon solve a vexing dark matter puzzle. No experiment has convincingly detected particles of dark matter, but we may be able to see signs of it by searching for the passage of enormous structures in space with distinct and differing characteristics. Although the structures, known as domains, are not directly detectable, the walls between them may be. Derek Kimball (California State University - East Bay) will describe a prototype magnetometer (Thursday, June 5, http://meetings.aps.org/Meeting/DAMOP14/Session/M6.4), constructed by a team consisting entirely of undergraduate students, that will be the basis for the planned Global Network of Optical Magnetometers to search for Exotic physics (GNOME). Andrei Derevianko (University of Nevada, Reno) will present a similar project that instead relies on a network of atomic clocks to detect the passage of dark matter domain walls (Wednesday, June 4, http://meetings.aps.org/Meeting/DAMOP14/Session/H6.9).

THEORETICAL CHARACTERIZATION OF MUZZLE FLASHES

With properly formulated propellant mixtures, it could be possible to minimize the visibility of muzzle flashes that come from firing weapons. Potentially, that would make soldiers less vulnerable on the field of battle. David Kashinski (United States Milita
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