Dark Matter in the Smallest Galaxies

The Milky Way's dwarf-galactic satellites include the nearest, smallest, darkest and most chemically primitive galaxies known. I will summarize recent results -- and present new ones -- regarding the amount and spatial distribution of dark matter within these systems. I will discuss implications for two lines of inquiry regarding the nature of dark matter: 1) tests of the standard 'cold dark matter' model of cosmic structure formation, and 2) searches for dark matter annihilation/decay signals.

Followed by wine and cheese in Pupin 1332.

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