Elena Aprile, founder and spokesperson of the XENON Dark Matter Experiment, will deliver the Department of Physics’ 44th Annual Donald R. Hamilton Lecture. Aprile is currently a professor of physics at Columbia University, where she was the physics department’s first female faculty member. She is the 2019 winner of the AAS Berkeley prize. Her talk, “The XENON Project: At the Forefront of Dark Matter Direct Detection,” will be held at 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 11, in Princeton University’s McDonnell Hall, Room A-02. The lecture is free to the public.

Aprile will speak about the dark matter that makes up 85 percent of the matter in the universe. She will focus on the XENON project, which is at the forefront of dark matter direct detection.

The Hamilton lectures are an endowed series of public talks given in honor of the late Donald Ross Hamilton, an atomic and nuclear experimental physicist who made major contributions to Princeton and the University’s Department of Physics. More information about the Hamilton lectures and the Department of Physics events are available at https://phy.princeton.edu/

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