Direct detection searches for WIMP dark matter

E. Figueroa-Feliciano*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

A very active hunt is underway to discover the composition of dark matter in the universe. A large effort is devoted to the direct detection of dark matter through interactions with detectors in the laboratory. In this paper, we give an overview of the dark matter problem, discuss some of the design considerations taken in direct detection experiments, and describe some of the current efforts to discover Weakly Interacting Massive Particles (WIMPs), a well-motivated class of candidates for dark matter.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)661-673
Number of pages13
JournalProgress in Particle and Nuclear Physics
Volume66
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2011

Keywords

  • Dark matter
  • Direct detection
  • Weakly Interacting Massive Particles

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics

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