Dan Hooper is an Associate Scientist in the Theoretical Astrophysics Group at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Chicago. His research focuses on the interface between particle physics and cosmology. He has a specific interest in questions about dark matter, supersymmetry, neutrinos, extra dimensions and cosmic rays. In this feature, James Dacey, of Physicsworld.com (from the IOP), presents a two-part audio interview with Dr. Hooper about the state of research into dark matter.
You probably know that current estimates maintain that around 80% of the universe is made up of the elusive “dark matter”…this audio interview is a quick way to catch up with the latest research. Additionally, Dr. Hooper has posted a video (requires the RealPlayer) of a lecture he gave about dark matter and dark energy for non-scientists.
Looking for more from Dr. Hooper? Dan’s 2008 book, “Nature’s Blueprint: Supersymmetry and the Search for Unified Theory of Matter and Force” is currently (as I write this) available here at Kresge (see the catalog record for more information and to check on current availability). A list of Dr. Hooper’s scientific articles is available from the SPIRES archive.
Looking for more on dark matter? Try the following books at Kresge:
- Richard Panek (2011), “The 4 Percent Universe: Dark Matter, Dark Energy, and the Race to Discover the Rest of Reality”
- Gianfranco Bertone, editor (2010), “Particle Dark Matter: Observations, Models and Searches”
- Evalyn Gates (2009), “Einstein’s Telescope: The Hunt for Dark Matter and Dark Energy in the Universe”
- David Garfinkle (2008), “Three Steps to the Universe: From the Sun to Black Holes to the Mystery of Dark Matter”
- Iain Nicolson (2007), “Dark Side of the Universe: Dark Matter, Dark Energy, and the Fate of the Cosmos”
- More books at Kresge about dark matter