Strong gravitational lensing as an observational probe of dark matter

by Dr. Simona Vegetti

Main Auditorium (Max Planck Institute for Physics)

Main Auditorium

Max Planck Institute for Physics

Föhringer RIng 6 80805 München

The nature of dark matter is one of the most important unsolved problems of modern astrophysics, and strong gravitational lensing is a very promising tool to tackle this issue because the physics of dark matter strongly affects predictions for the abundance and inner structure of dark matter haloes. In this talk, I will demonstrate how strong gravitational lensing provides a definitive test on the properties of dark matter and its interplay with baryonic processes. I will review the current status of this field and provide an outlook on future prospects.

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