Understanding the Dark Sector: Dark Matter and Dark Energy
Aspen 2009 Winter Conference
January 25-31, 2009

The conference, to be held at the Aspen Center for Physics, will focus on the latest developments in experimental and theoretical efforts to understand the nature of Dark Energy and Dark Matter and the crucial issue of how current and upcoming precision experiments will directly and indirectly measure their properties.

Key aspects of the meeting will be discussions on synergies between direct and indirect, and terrestrial and astrophysical dark matter detection, and how complementary observational approaches could distinguish between dark energy theories, for example those with gravity and particle based origins.

The aim of this conference is to bring together theorists and experimentalists, from astrophysics and particle physics, to discuss new approaches to understanding the origins of the dark sector - exposing experimentalists to the latest theoretical ideas, and giving theorists a perspective on what is experimentally achievable.

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Organizers/ Contacts:
Rachel Bean
Carlo Contaldi
Marc Kamionkowski
Mark Trodden
Jochen Weller

Scientific Advisory Committee:
Richard Ellis, Wendy Freedman, Josh Frieman, Rocky Kolb, Alex Kusenko, Angela Olinto, Adam Riess, Leszek Roszkowski, Bernard Sadoulet, David Spergel