Yet Another Introduction to Dark Matter

The Particle Physics Approach

  • Martin Bauer
  • Tilman Plehn

Part of the Lecture Notes in Physics book series (LNP, volume 959)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Martin Bauer, Tilman Plehn
    Pages 1-36
  3. Martin Bauer, Tilman Plehn
    Pages 37-55
  4. Martin Bauer, Tilman Plehn
    Pages 57-83
  5. Martin Bauer, Tilman Plehn
    Pages 85-109
  6. Martin Bauer, Tilman Plehn
    Pages 111-127
  7. Martin Bauer, Tilman Plehn
    Pages 129-143
  8. Martin Bauer, Tilman Plehn
    Pages 145-173
  9. Martin Bauer, Tilman Plehn
    Pages 175-177
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 179-180

About this book


Dark matter is a frequently discussed topic in contemporary particle physics. Written strictly in the language of particle physics and quantum field theory, these course-based lecture notes focus on a set of standard calculations that students need in order to understand weakly interacting dark matter candidates.

After introducing some general features of these dark matter agents and their main competitors, the Higgs portal scalar and supersymmetric neutralinos are introduced as our default models. In turn, this serves as a basis for exploring four experimental aspects: the dark matter relic density extracted from the cosmic microwave background; indirect detection including the Fermi galactic center excess; direct detection; and collider searches. Alternative approaches, like an effective theory of dark matter and simplified models, naturally follow from the discussions of these four experimental directions.


Relic particles Dark matter textbook Cosmic microwave background Direct and indirect DM searches Astroparticle physics WIMPs

Authors and affiliations

  • Martin Bauer
    • 1
  • Tilman Plehn
    • 2
  1. 1.Institut für Theoretische PhysikUniversität HeidelbergHeidelbergGermany
  2. 2.Institut für Theoretische PhysikUniversität HeidelbergHeidelbergGermany

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