Particle Physics in Birmingham

Particle Physics Seminar

Wednesday 25th February 2009 at 1:30pm
Poynting Small Lecture Theatre

(tea, coffee and biscuits served at 1:15pm)

WIMP Hunting: Searching for dark Matter

Anne Green (Nottingham)


Diverse astrophysical observations indicate that most of the matter in the Universe is cold, dark and non-baryonic. Weakly Interactive Massive Particles (WIMPs) are generically a good dark matter candidate and particle physics provides us will several well-motivated candidates, in particular the lightest neutralino in supersymmetric extensions of the standard model. WIMPs can be detected directly, via elastic scattering in underground detectors, or indirectly, via the products of their annihilation. I will discuss the principals, current status and future prospects of WIMP direct and indirect detection.