The WIMP Is Dead. Long Live the WIMP!

Prof. Dan Hooper (University of Chicago)
January 16, 2018 - 4:00pm


Although weakly interacting massive particles (WIMPs) have long been the leading class of candidates for the dark matter of our universe, the lack of a confirmed detection of these particles has left the community increasingly skeptical of their existence. In this talk, I will ask the following questions: How surprised should we be that WIMPs have not yet been detected? What assumptions might we change in order to explain the lack of any clear signals of dark matter? In light of the current experimental situation, what are the prospects for future direct, indirect and collider searches for dark matter?