Research @ KICP
A variety of observations and experiments in the next decade should either confirm, or come close to excluding, the WIMP hypothesis. After many years of effort, experiments based on direct detection of relic WIMPs via scattering with nuclei in sensitive, low-background detectors are finally reaching the sensitivity needed to probe the expected region of WIMP parameter space in SUSY and other models. If the WIMP was produced in the primordial soup of the big bang, it should also be produced in collisions of high-energy particles at facilities such as the LHC. WIMPs may be identified by their missing energy signatures at colliders. Finally, the products of WIMP annihilations in the cosmos can be observed by detectors of high- or low-energy photons, positrons, antiprotons, or high-energy neutrinos. These indirect detection techniques are now reaching the sensitivities needed to probe the signals expected from WIMP annihilations.
In order to achieve its goals, the Dark Matter MA initially supported the following activities:
Dark matter direct detection experiments
Since the inception of the "Pushing Cosmology to the Edge' PFC, the Dark Matter MA has become involved in three additional dark matter direct detection experiments:
Past Core Projects