Aug 15 – 19, 2022
Mainz Institute for Theoretical Physics, Johannes Gutenberg University
Europe/Berlin timezone

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Using networks of sensors generating time tagged data has been shown to be a powerful tool in the search for dark matter (DM) [1-8] and other signatures of beyond-the-standard-model physics [9]. The here proposed workshop aims at developing these ideas further. Specifically, we want to promote collaboration between experiments using quantum sensor networks to search for new physics. For this to be as useful as possible, there will be focused discussions on theoretical ideas, experimental platforms, as well as practical considerations such as procedures for data time tagging, storage, and analysis.

This workshop is part of the "wavy dark matter summer 2022" in Bad Honnef and Mainz,

[1] Derevianko and Pospolov, Hunting for topological dark matter with atomic clocks, Nature Physics 10, 933–936 (2014)
[2] S. Afach et al., Search for topological defect dark matter with a global network of optical magnetometers, Nature Physics 17, 1396-1401 (2021)
[3] Michael A. Fedderke, Peter W. Graham, Derek F. Jackson Kimball, and Saarik Kalia, Earth as a transducer for dark-photon dark-matter detection, Phys. Rev. D 104, 075023 (2021).
[4] Michael A. Fedderke, Peter W. Graham, Derek F. Jackson Kimball, and Saarik Kalia, Search for dark-photon dark matter in the SuperMAG geomagnetic field dataset, Phys. Rev. D 104, 095032 (2021)
[5] Graham, P. W., Kaplan, D. E., Mardon, J., Rajendran, S., & Terrano, W. A. (2016). Dark matter direct detection with accelerometers. Physical Review D, 93(7), 075029
[6] Benjamin M. Roberts, Geoffrey Blewitt, Conner Dailey, Mac Murphy, Maxim Pospelov, Alex Rollings, Jeff Sherman, Wyatt Williams, Andrei Derevianko. (2017). Search for domain wall dark matter with atomic clocks on board global positioning system satellites. Nature communications, 8(1), 1-9
[7] Andrei Derevianko, Detecting dark-matter waves with a network of precision-measurement tools, Physical Review A 97, no. 4 (2018): 042506
[8] Roberts, Benjamin M., Pacome Delva, Ali Al-Masoudi, Anne Amy-Klein, Christian Baerentsen, C. F. A. Baynham, Erik Benkler et al., Search for transient variations of the fine structure constant and dark matter using fiber-linked optical atomic clocks, New Journal of Physics 22, no. 9 (2020): 093010
[9] C. Dailey, C. Bradley, D. F. Jackson Kimball, I. A. Sulai, S. Pustelny, A. Wickenbrock, and A. Derevianko, Quantum sensor networks as exotic field telescopes for multi-messenger astronomy, Nature Astronomy 5, 150 (2021).

Mainz Institute for Theoretical Physics, Johannes Gutenberg University
Staudingerweg 9 / 2nd floor, 55128 Mainz

Organized by Hendrik Bekker (HIM), Dmitry Budker (HIM), Derek F. Jackson Kimball (California State Univ. - East Bay), Tanja E. Mehlstäubler (PTB / Leibniz Univ. Hannover) and Arne Wickenbrock (HIM; Diversity Coordinator).

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