Collider searches for dark matter rely on two properties of the dark matter particle: first, the new particles have to couple to the Standard Model. This can be either a direct coupling for example to the colliding leptons and quarks, or an indirect coupling through an mediator. Second, we need to measure traces of particles which interact with the detectors as weakly as for example neutrinos do. And unlike dedicated neutrino detectors their collider counter parts do not include hundreds of cubic meters of interaction material.
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