Workshop Goal

How can we utilize LSST to help us understand the microphysics of dark matter, to identify the fundamental constituents of dark matter (e.g., new fundamental particles, compact objects, etc.), and to characterize the properties of these constituents (e.g, mass, temperature, self-interaction rate, etc.)? LSST offers a unique avenue to attack the dark matter problem through "astrophysical probes". Hence, the primary goal of this workshop is jump-start work on an LSST dark matter white paper. In this white paper, we hope to provide a comprehensive summary of the various techniques that can be used to test the fundamental nature of dark matter with LSST.

People who would like to share their experience and interaction at the workshop on social media can use the hash tag #lsstdarkmatter.

Dark Matter Graphic

We have begun to assemble graphical representations of the complex LSST dark matter parameter space. This graphic is intended to help conceptually organize the LSST dark matter program and serve as a road map for the dark matte white paper. A landing page for the dark matter graphic can be found here:

We strongly encourage the addition of new components through this submission form.


The agenda is color coded by session type: plenary sessions, small group work sessions, and food/breaks.

Monday (2018-03-05)

09:30Dark matter theory/models
10:00Dark matter simulations
10:30Coffee Break
11:00Astrophysical observations
11:30LSST: new opportunities
13:30Overview of diagram/whitepaper
14:00Open discussion of workshop goals
15:15Technical overview (GitHub, Yaml)
15:30Split into working groups
17:30Tag up: groups discuss plans
18:00Self-organized dinner

Tuesday (2018-03-06)

09:00Morning Tag Up
09:15Working group hack
11:00Working group hack
12:30Lunch (in-room/working?)
13:30Working group hack
15:15Working group hack
17:30Tag up: groups discuss progress
18:00Start to move to banquet
18:30Banquet (invitees only)

Wednesday (2018-03-07)

09:00Prepare final presentations
11:00Final presentations
12:00What's next?

Ideas for the small-group hack sessions can be submitted here.



Confirmed Participants

If you wish to subscribe to our mailing list, please visit this link, or send your request to Yao-Yuan Mao directly.

Local Info

The workshop will take place at the University Club, marked in blue in the map below. There are entrances on both University and Thackeray; the latter is accessible. We will be using Conference Room A on the 3rd floor.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided (lunch for the first two days only). You should have already received an email about Wi-Fi connection information; eduroam will be available as well.

Lodging is available at Wyndham Pittsburgh University Center, marked in purple in the map below. It's about 5-minute walk between Wyndham and the University Club.

Here's a PDF map of nearby restaurants; however, Google Maps will provide you more up-to-date information. (Also note that the conference venue marked in the restaurant map is not for this workshop; see the map above for the correct location.) You can also find tourist attractions within easy walking distance, including the Carnegie Museums, Phipps Conservatory, Soldiers and Sailors Memorial, and the University of Pittsburgh's Cathedral of Learning. Again, Google Maps can help you finding their locations.


To and from Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT)

Within Pittsburgh

Port Authority buses are your best option to travel within Pittsburgh. Fare is $2.75 per trip and must be paid with the exact change. If you are planning on using the bus system throughout the week you can purchase a ConnectCard, which can be loaded with a weekly or 10-trip pass or just cash and can be used for on all Port Authority transports. Lyft and Uber are also convenient options in Pittsburgh.

If you are traveling with a car, parking infomation can be found here (Pitt parking) and here (city parking).

Code of Conduct

The workshop organizers are committed to conducting a meeting that is productive and enjoyable for everyone. We will not tolerate harassment of participants in any form throughout the workshop.

By attending this workshop you agree to:

All participants are empowered to request that undesirable behavior be stopped. Participants asked to stop any behavior inconsistent with this code of conduct are expected to comply immediately.

If a participant engages in behavior that violates this code of conduct, the workshop organizers may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender or expulsion from the workshop.

  1. Harassment includes, but is not limited to, sustained disruption of talks or other events, unwelcome physical contact, sexual attention or innuendo, intimidation, stalking, and recording of an individual without consent.

  2. Personal attributes include, but are not limited to, (alphabetically) age, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender expression, gender identity, lactation, nationality, physical appearance, political affiliation, pregnancy, race, religion, sexual orientation, and status as a caregiver (including as a parent).