Dark matter and LHC: What is the connection?

Gordon Kane, Scott Watson

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We review what can (and cannot) be learned if dark matter is detected in one or more experiments, emphasizing the importance of combining LHC data with direct, astrophysical and cosmological probes of dark matter. We briefly review the conventional picture of a thermally produced WIMP relic density and its connection with theories of electroweak symmetry breaking. We then discuss both experimental and theoretical reasons why one might generically expect this picture to fail. If this is the case, we argue that a combined effort bringing together all types of data - combined with explicitly constructed theoretical models - will be the only way to achieve a complete understanding of the dark matter in our universe and become confident that any candidate actually provides the relic density.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2103-2123
Number of pages21
JournalModern Physics Letters A
Issue number26
StatePublished - Aug 30 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Dark matter
  • Dark matter detection
  • LHC
  • Physics beyond the standard model

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • General Physics and Astronomy


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