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March 7, 2024

Dark Matter and the search for WIMPs

Although weakly interacting massive particles (WIMPs) have long been a leading class of candidates for the dark matter of our universe, the lack of a confirmed detection of these particles has left the community increasingly skeptical of their existence. In this talk, I will ask the following questions: How surprised should we be that WIMPs have not yet been detected? What assumptions might we change in order to explain the lack of any clear signals of dark matter? In light of the current experimental situation, what are the prospects for future direct, indirect and collider searches for dark matter?

Dark Matter and the search for WIMPs
Host: David Curtin
Event series  Physics Colloquium