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Gravitational wave probes of dark matter: challenges and opportunities

by Gianfranco Bertone, Djuna Croon, Mustafa A. Amin, Kimberly K. Boddy, Bradley J. Kavanagh, Katherine J. Mack, Priyamvada Natarajan, Toby Opferkuch, Katelin Schutz, Volodymyr Takhistov, Christoph Weniger, Tien-Tien Yu

Submission summary

As Contributors: Gianfranco Bertone · Bradley Kavanagh
Arxiv Link: (pdf)
Date accepted: 2020-10-02
Date submitted: 2019-09-24 02:00
Submitted by: Kavanagh, Bradley
Submitted to: SciPost Physics
Academic field: Astronomy
  • Gravitation, Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics
  • High-Energy Physics - Phenomenology
  • Cosmology and Nongalactic Astrophysics
  • High Energy Astrophysical Phenomena
Approaches: Experimental, Theoretical, Computational


In this white paper, we discuss the prospects for characterizing and identifying dark matter using gravitational waves, covering a wide range of dark matter candidate types and signals. We argue that present and upcoming gravitational wave probes offer unprecedented opportunities for unraveling the nature of dark matter and we identify the most urgent challenges and open problems with the aim of encouraging a strong community effort at the interface between these two exciting fields of research.

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Published as SciPost Phys. Core 3, 007 (2020)

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Submission 1907.10610v2 on 24 September 2019

Reports on this Submission

Report 1 by Philippe Jetzer on 2020-9-9 Invited Report

  • Cite as: Philippe Jetzer, Report on arXiv:1907.10610v2, delivered 2020-09-09, doi: 10.21468/SciPost.Report.1975


The paper gives a detailed overview of the possibilities to detect dark
matter with gravitational waves. It is up to date and contains many references.
It is thus very useful for someone interested in entering into this field.


I do not see specific weaknesses.


I think that the paper gives a very good overview
on the issue of detecting dark matter with gravitational waves.
This is now an important and timely topic.
The paper is very well written.
I thus think that it is appropriate for the journal and should be published
in its present form.

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  • validity: high
  • significance: high
  • originality: good
  • clarity: high
  • formatting: excellent
  • grammar: excellent

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