Particle Dark Matter: Observations, Models and Searches

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Gianfranco Bertone
Cambridge University Press, 2010 - Science - 738 pages
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Dark matter is among the most important open problems in modern physics. Aimed at graduate students and researchers, this book describes the theoretical and experimental aspects of the dark matter problem in particle physics, astrophysics and cosmology. Featuring contributions from 48 leading theorists and experimentalists, it presents many aspects, from astrophysical observations to particle physics candidates, and from the prospects for detection at colliders to direct and indirect searches. The book introduces observational evidence for dark matter along with a detailed discussion of the state-of-the-art of numerical simulations and alternative explanations in terms of modified gravity. It then moves on to the candidates arising from theories beyond the Standard Model of particle physics, and to the prospects for detection at accelerators. It concludes by looking at direct and indirect dark matter searches, and the prospects for detecting the particle nature of dark matter with astrophysical experiments. • Describes the theoretical and experimental aspects of the dark matter problem • Presents observations, theory and experiments to give a complete and consistent understanding of dark matter • Features contributions from leading experts in the field
 

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Contents

Particle dark matter G Bertone and J Silk
3
Simulations of cold dark matter haloes B Moore
14
Particle dark matter and the DAMANaI and DAMA
19
Milky Way satellites J Bullock M Kaplinghat
38
Gravitational lensing and dark matter Y Mellier
56
Dark matter at the centres of galaxies D Merritt
83
Modified gravity as an alternative to dark matter
99
DM production mechanisms G G elmini
121
Direct detection of WIMPs D G Gerdefio
347
Annual modulation signature with large mass highly
370
Cryogenic detectors G Gerbier and J Gascon
391
Liquid noble gases E Aprile and L Baudis
413
Directional detectors N Spooner
437
Axion searches S Asztalos
467
Gammarays L Bergstrom and G Bertone
491
Highenergy neutrinos from WIMP annihilations
507

Supersymmetric dark matter candidates J Ellis
142
NonWIMP candidates J L Feng
190
Axions P Sikivze
204
Sterile neutrinos M Shaposhnikov
228
SUSY searches at the LHC T Plehn and G Polesello
251
E Peskin
276
Extra dimensions at the LHC K Kong K Matchev
306
SUSY tools F Boudjema J Edsjo and P Gondolo
325
Indirect dark matter detection with cosmic antimatter
521
Multiwavelength studies S Profumo and P Ullio
547
Particle dark matter and Big Bang nucleosynthesis
565
Dark matter and stars G Bertone
586
References
602
Index
736
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Gianfranco Bertone is coordinator of the Theoretical Physics group at the Institut d strophysique de Paris. His technical work mainly focuses on theoretical and phenomenological aspects of the dark matter problem, and he participates in important experimental collaborations on the elaboration of optimal strategies for the detection of dark matter particles.

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