Dark Matter Phenomenology

Who: Thomas Schwetz (Max Plank Institute, Heidelberg)
When: Wednesday, February 15, 2012 at 16:00
Thursday, February 16, 2012 at 12:00
Friday, February 17, 2012 at 12:00

Where: FKF’s colloquia room

After reviewing the evidences we have for dark matter in our Universe I discuss particle physics solutions to this problem, focusing on Weakly Interacting Massive Particles (WIMPs) in a model-independent way. I present production mechanisms of dark matter candidates in the early Universe as well as possible experimental tests of the WIMP hypothesis including collider experiments, indirect and direct detection of WIMPs. Emphasis will be given on the phenomenology of the direct search for dark matter particles in underground detectors, and implications of recent experimental results are discussed.

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