Monday June 1, 2015 
9:00 – 12:00 Registration in Hameetman Science Center (HSC)
Note: Snowden-Ifft cell (626) 278-1984 for issues or emergencies.
12:00 – 14:00 Lunch – No registration available.  This lunch is not included in the
on-campus housing fee.  You can pay for lunch at the MarketPlace.
14:00 – 23:59 Registration at Berkus Hall
Note: Access to Berkus Hall rooms is available only after 14:00.
Tuesday June 2, 2015 
  9:00 – 10:00 Registration + coffee + breakfast snacks
10:00 – 12:00 Chair: Spooner
10:00 Dean Gonzalez Welcome to Oxy      
10:15 Snowden-Ifft Welcome to CYGNUS 2015 and Introductions  
10:30 Mayet A review on the discovery reach of directional
Dark Matter detection (.pdf here)
11:00 Miuchi NEWAGE (.pdf here)      
11:30 Leyton Status of the DMTPC Cubic-Meter Detector  
12:00 – 13:30 Lunch
13:30 – 15:00 Chair: Miuchi
13:30 Santos MIMAC Status and Projections (.pdf here)      
14:00 Battat DRIFT: a new limit from a fully-fiducialized detector
(.pptx here)
14:30 Asada The performance and status of directional dark matter
search with the nuclear emulsion (.pptx here)
15:00 – 15:30 Coffee, drinks, PM snacks
15:30 – 17:30 Chair: Battat
15:30 Baracchini NITEC: a Negative Ion Time Expansion Chamber for
directional DM searches (.pdf here)
16:00 Polosa Carbon Nanotubes Potentialities in Directional Dark
Matter Searches (.pdf here)
16:30 Sekiya Some studies on ZnWO4 (.pdf here)      
17:00 Snowden-Ifft CYGNUS Directional Dark Matter Detector    
18:00 – 18:30 Appetizers at Samuelson Alumni House
18:30 – 23:00 Conference dinner at the Samuelson Alumni House
Wednesday June 3,2015 
8:30 – 10:00 Chair: Santos
8:30 Deaconu Directional Sensitivity of DMTPC Detectors (.pdf here)      
9:00 Ezeribe Signal directionality in a fully fiducialised DRIFT
detector (.pdf here)
9:30 Katsuragawa Detection efficiency and angular resolution of
directional dark matter search with the nuclear
emulsion (.pdf here)
10:00 – 10:30 Break Group picture after break
10:30 – 12:00 Chair: Gauvreau
10:30 Cavoto Experimental tests of ion channelings in carbon
nanotubes (.pdf here)
11:00 Shan Bayesian Reconstruction of the WIMP Velocity
Distribution with a Non-negligible Threshold Energy
(.pdf here)
11:30 Martin Improved algorithms for extracting directionality
from nuclear recoil tracks (.odp here)
12:00 – 13:30 Lunch in Lower Herrick – Everyone is invited to hear James Battat give an
outreach talk to Occidental College’s summer research students.
13:30 – 15:00 Chair: Vahsen
13:30 Phan Studies of Alpha Decays in DRIFT (.pdf here)
14:00 Hashimoto Background study and reduction for NEWAGE
(.pdf here)
14:30 Riffard MIMAC: first detection of 3D tracks of radon
progeny recoils (.pdf here)
15:00 – 15:30 Coffee, drinks, PM snacks
15:30 – 16:00 Li Polar angle detection and columnar recombination
in directional dark matter (.pdf here)
 16:00 – 16:30 Kavanagh  New directional signatures from non-relativistic
effective field theory (.pdf here)
17:00 – 2:00 Visit to the Hooker Telescope + dinner –
(go to College Entrance for bus)
Thursday June 4, 2015 
10:30- – 12:00 Chair: Harton                
10:30 Umemoto Invention of super-resolution readout system using
plasmon of directional dark matter search with
emulsion (.pptx here)
11:00 Vahsen Recent progress on TPC readout with pixel chips
(.pptx here)
11:30 Phan Novel Readout Design for High-Res Tracking TPC
(.pdf here)
12:00 – 13:30 Lunch
13:30 – 15:00 Chair: Monroe
13:30 Loomba First Studies of SF6 Gas in a TPC (.pdf here)    
14:00 Lumnah Ionization Measurements of Low Energy Recoils in
the DRIFT Dark Matter Detector (.pptx here)
14:30 Grothaus Avoid solar neutrino backgrounds with
directional detectors (.pdf here)
15:00 – 15:30 Coffee, drinks, PM snacks
15:30 – 17:30 Chair: Mayet
15:30 Kavanagh Discretising the velocity distribution for directional
dark matter experiments (.pdf here)
16:00 Riffard A new paradigm for direct detection experiment
comparison as a consequence of heavy squarks at LHC.
(.pdf here)
16:30 Snowden-Ifft CYGNUS Directional Dark Matter Detector        
17:30 Snowden-Ifft End of conference            
18:30 Berkus Hall check out deadline. Please return keys to the
conference desk if checking out early.

Other Information

1) Registration for the conference will be available until midnight Monday June 1st.  If you are late call Dan Snowden-Ifft’s cell phone (626) 278-1984 and he will let you in.  If you know you are going to be late a text or an email ( would be appreciated.

2) Everyone who needs one will be issued a visitors parking permit . This will allow you to park in either the Berkus Hall parking lot (underground) or the Admissions Parking lot.  Out of normal hours (17:00 – 08:00) you can park anywhere on campus.

3) Green Bean student-run coffee house hours are 8:30 – 14:30.

4) WiFi is free everywhere on campus via oxyairnet. Username = oxyguest, password = LambiodaL3

5) MarketPlace hours are 7:00-9:00 breakfast, 11:00-13:15 lunch and 17:00 – 18:30 dinner.  These times are strict.

6) If you’ve purchased housing you can use your card to get meals at the MarketPlace for the following meals,

a) Monday dinner
b) Tuesday breakfast, lunch and dinner
c) Wednesday breakfast and lunch
d) Thursday breakfast and lunch

7) If you are not on the housing plan and need to purchase a meal you will need to bring cash.  Credit cards cannot be used.  The meals are $12.75 except for breakfast which is $10.00.

8) Meals in the MarketPlace are “all-you-care-to-eat.”  You are not allowed to take food out of the cafeteria.

9) No food is allowed in the Choi Auditorium.  Please finish the snacks on the patio outside before entering.  Thanks.

10) Smoking is prohibited in all interior or public areas of any campus building, and on all athletic facilities and fields.  Smoking is permitted in exterior areas, but must be done 30 feet (10 m) from any building.

 11) Check-out from the Berkus dormitory is 18:30 Thursday.

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