Massachusetts Institute of Technology

June 11-13, 2009

Thank you for making CYGNUS 2009 such a successful workshop!

Practical Information for CYGNUS Meeting

CYGNUS 2009 will take place on the MIT campus in the Pappalardo Community Room (4-349), in building 4, 3rd floor. See below for directions.

The registration will start at 8 am on Thu; the workshop will start at 9 am. The agenda is available at

All talks will be uploaded to a central computer connected to the AV system. Speakers should send their talks at least 2 hours before their session starts to:
Mr. Jeremy Lopez (Thu and Sat speakers)
Mr. Albert Lee (Fri speakers)

NB: we prefer PDF files. PPT and Keynote files will be accepted with the corresponding PDFs.

Where is the Pappalardo Room located on the MIT Campus?
MIT Campus map
Enter 77 Massachusetts Avenue (the main MIT entrance), and take the "infinite corridor". You will pass bldgs 7, 3 and 10 before reaching bldg 4. Take the stairs to the 3rd floor. You will see signs for Cygnus 2009.

How to reach MIT:
We strongly recommend you to take public transportation or walk to MIT to avoid the (in)famous Cambridge traffic. If you take the metro (the "T"), your exit will be the MIT/Kendall stop of the Red Line, close to bldg E38 on the MIT map.

Where to park at MIT
If you decide to drive, you can park at the Visitor Lot at 139 Massachusetts Avenue, at the corner between Vassar St and Massachusetts Avenue. The cost is ~$10/day.

Food and drinks:
At the workshop we will have coffee and cookie breaks at 10:30 and 3:30. For earlier coffee and donuts, we recommend:
1) the small Peet's Cafe in the lobby of bldg 7
2) the Student's center across the street from 77 Mass Avenue (main entrance). The Student's center is also a possible option for lunch.

Workshop Dinner
On Thursday evening at 6:30pm, we will have dinner at the Royal East chinese restaurant. This restaurant is within walking distance of MIT. When you register on Thursday morning, please specify if you would like to join us for dinner.


The second CYGNUS meeting on directional dark matter direct detection will be held at MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts, from June 11-13, 2009. This meeting will bring together the international scientific community working on both theoretical and experimental aspects of directional dark matter detection and the galactic dark matter distribution. In so doing, we hope to coordinate efforts toward a large directional dark matter experiment that is capable of providing an unambiguous detection of Galactic dark matter.

CYGNUS 2009 is the second in a series of directional dark matter detection workshops. The original meeting, CYGNUS 2007 was held at the Boulby Underground Laboratory in the UK.

International Organizing Committee

Neil Spooner (U. of Sheffield, UK)
Daniel Santos (Grenoble, France)
Michael Gold (U. of New Mexico)
Steve Ahlen (Boston University)
Kentaro Miuchi (Kyoto University, Japan)
Anne Green (U. of Nottingham, UK)
Paolo Gondolo (U. of Utah)
Igor Irastorza (U. de Zaragoza, Spain)
Ioannis Giomataris (Saclay, France)
Edward Daw (U. of Sheffield, UK)
Daniel Snowden-Ifft (Occidental College, UK)
Sean Paling (U. of Sheffield, UK)
Peter Fisher (MIT)
Gabriella Sciolla (MIT)
Jocelyn Monroe (MIT)
James Battat (MIT)

Local Organizing Committee

Peter Fisher
Gabriella Sciolla
Jocelyn Monroe
James Battat
Sheela Hulsoor


Generous financial support for CYGNUS2009 has been provided by the National Science Foundation, the MIT Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research and by the MIT Laboratory for Nuclear Science.