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The WIMP paradigm: Theme and variations

Jonathan L. Feng

SciPost Phys. Lect. Notes 71 (2023) · published 13 June 2023

Part of the 2021-07: Dark Matter Collection in the Les Houches Summer School Lecture Notes Series.


WIMPs, ↑ weakly-interacting massive particles, have been leading candidates for particle dark matter for decades, and they remain a viable and highly motivated possibility. In these lectures, I describe the basic motivations for WIMPs, beginning with the WIMP miracle and its under-appreciated cousin, the discrete WIMP miracle. I then give an overview of some of the basic features of WIMPs and how to find them. These lectures conclude with some variations on the WIMP theme that have by now become significant topics in their own right and illustrate the richness of the WIMP paradigm.

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