Introduction and Motivation for Dark Matter

  • Steven SchrammEmail author
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One of the largest remaining open questions in physics is the nature of DM. First postulated in the 1930s [1, 2], many independent astrophysical experiments have observed the effects of DM. Cosmology has even measured its abundance to be approximately five times that of the visible matter which makes up the universe [3], including all of the stars, planets, black holes, and other known sources of matter. However, there remains no experimentally verified theory that explains the origin of DM. While numerous experiments have been designed to search for DM, and some have claimed observations consistent with the signal expected from such a phenomenon [4], the nature of DM remains unknown.


Dark Matter Higgs Boson Cosmic Microwave Background Weakly Interact Massive Particle Direct Detection Experiment 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Section de PhysiqueUniversity of GenevaGenevaSwitzerland

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