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Prof. dr. G. Bertone, GRAPPA Institute, University of Amsterdam: The moment of truth for WIMP Dark Matter


03 May 2012 FWN-Building 5111.0080, Nijenborgh 4, 9747 AG, Groningen
Speaker: Prof. dr. Gianfranco Bertone
Affiliation: GRAPPA Institute, University of Amsterdam
Title: The moment of truth for WIMP Dark Matter
Date: 03-05-2012
Start: 16.00 (Doors open and coffee available at 15.30)
Location: FWN-Building 5111.0080
Host: Diederik Roest


If Dark Matter is made of Weakly Interacting Massive Particles (WIMPs) , as often assumed, a reliable identification of its nature can probably be achieved only through a combined analysis of accelerator (LHC), direct and indirect searches. After a brief review of the status of these experimental strategies, I will discuss their complementarity, showing with an explicit example how to combine them in a self-consistent way. I will argue that with the advent of the LHC, and the upcoming generation of astroparticle experiments, the moment of truth has come for WIMPs: either we will discover them in the next five to ten years, or we will witness their inevitable decline.

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