Dark matter studies entrain nuclear physics

Susan Gardner, George M. Fuller

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We review theoretically well-motivated dark-matter candidates, and pathways to their discovery, in the light of recent results from collider physics, astrophysics, and cosmology. Taken in aggregate, these encourage broader thinking in regards to possible dark-matter candidates - dark-matter need not be made of "WIMPs", i.e., elementary particles with weak-scale masses and interactions. Facilities dedicated to nuclear physics are well-poised to investigate certain non-WIMP models. In parallel to this, developments in observational cosmology permit probes of the relativistic energy density at early epochs and thus provide new ways to constrain dark-matter models, provided nuclear physics inputs are sufficiently well-known. The emerging confluence of accelerator, astrophysical, and cosmological constraints permit searches for dark-matter candidates in a greater range of masses and interaction strengths than heretofore possible.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)167-184
Number of pages18
JournalProgress in Particle and Nuclear Physics
StatePublished - Jul 2013

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
SG acknowledges partial support from the US Department of Energy under contract DE-FG02-96ER40989, and GMF acknowledges partial support from NSF grant PHY-09-70064 and the UC Office of the President . We would like to acknowledge helpful conversations with K. Abazajian and A. Kusenko, and we thank E. Aprile for providing the graphic shown in Fig. 2 .


  • Dark matter
  • Neutrinos
  • Nuclear astrophysics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics


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