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Lectures on Dark Matter Physics

Author(s): Lisanti, Mariangela

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Abstract: Rotation curve measurements provided the first strong indication that a significant fraction of matter in the Universe is non-baryonic. Since then, a tremendous amount of progress has been made on both the theoretical and experimental fronts in the search for this missing matter, which we now know constitutes nearly 85% of the Universe's matter density. These series of lectures, first given at the TASI 2015 summer school, provide an introduction to the basics of dark matter physics. They are geared for the advanced undergraduate or graduate student interested in pursuing research in high-energy physics. The primary goal is to build an understanding of how observations constrain the assumptions that can be made about the astro- and particle physics properties of dark matter. The lectures begin by delineating the basic assumptions that can be inferred about dark matter from rotation curves. A detailed discussion of thermal dark matter follows, motivating Weakly Interacting Massive Particles, as well as lighter-mass alternatives. As an application of these concepts, the phenomenology of direct and indirect detection experiments is discussed in detail.
Publication Date: Jan-2017
Electronic Publication Date: Jan-2017
Citation: Lisanti, Mariangela. (Lectures on Dark Matter Physics. 10.1142/9789813149441_0007
DOI: doi:10.1142/9789813149441_0007
Pages: 399-446
Type of Material: Conference Article
Journal/Proceeding Title: TASI 2015 : new frontiers in fields and strings : proceedings of the 2015 Theoretical Advanced Study Institute in Elementary Particle Physics, Boulder, Colorado, 1-26 June 2015
Version: Author's manuscript

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