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Dr Yiping Shu
University of Cambridge
My current research targets at a fundamental question: what is the nature of the mysterious dark matter which accounts for over 80% of the total mass in the universe? To answer this question, I choose to study small satellites around galaxies that are formed primarily by dark matter because their properties are directly related to the nature of dark matter. In this study, the ability of discovering low-mass dark-matter satellites is crucial because different dark-matter models make different predictions only at the low-mass end. The targets in my project are thus specially selected such that low-mass dark-matter satellites can be detected for the first time. In addition, the observational data to be used are the highest-quality datasets in the next few years. I expect to significantly improve our understanding of dark matter with the detected dark-matter satellites. It will further extend our understanding of the Universe and its evolution.
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