On the (low) Threshold of New Physics

Dr David G. CerdeƱo

In order to search for dark matter with increased sensitivity, the new generation of direct detection experiments will soon be operational with an increased target size (e.g. LZ with approximately 5 tons of LXe) and lower experimental thresholds (e.g. SuperCDMS in the high-voltage operation mode). In this seminar I will review the different possibilities that this offers when looking for new physics. I will comment on dark matter models, generic effective field theory descriptions and the relevance of complementary targets in discriminating dark matter parameters. Emphasis will be put on low-threshold experiments, arguing that they might also be particularly sensitive to new-physics in the neutrino sector through the observation of coherent neutrino scattering.