The working hypothesis for the composition of the universe includes a staggering approximately 28 percent of a new form of matter called “dark matter”, not accounted for by the standard model of particle physics. Our understanding of the formation of structure in the universe hinges on the dark matter being a new particle that is slowing moving, known as “cold dark matter”.
A leading particle candidate for the dark matter is the WIMP (weakly interacting massive particle, with mass between 10 and 1,000 times that of the proton). The WIMP is strongly motivated by supersymmetry and detectable also as a product of the highest energy proton-proton collisions at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC).
With the largest LHC datasets, the increased sensitivity of a multitude of direct dark matter detection experiments, and new “telescopes” -- such as AMS, Fermi-LAT etc -- the next decade is set to be the time of truth for the WIMP hypothesis.
This is a timely symposium that will discuss the current big crossroad of particle physics and cosmology.
News Briefing: Sunday, Feb 17, 10 EST, Room 105 (Any advance news releases should be marked: "Embargoed: Not for release until 10:00 a.m. ET, Sunday, 17 February, 2013.)"
Do not miss the Higgs symposium on Monday at 9:45 Room 306 The Higgs Boson: Past, Present, and Future