from 24 February 2014 to 1 March 2014
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Detectors for Astrophysics and Neutrino Physics

The Search for Dark Matter



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The indirect evidence for dark matter in the Universe is one of the strongest indications for the existence of new physics. A promising candidate for the dark matter particle is the weakly interacting massive particle (WIMP) which appears naturally in many models beyond the standard model. Many experiments aim at detecting interactions of WIMPs with baryonic matter in ultra-sensitive low-background detectors. In this talk, I will review the current status of direct dark matter detection, focusing on the latest results and in particular on the different detector techniques employed for the search. In order to reach the required sensitivities, the next generation of detectors requires target masses at the ton-scale and beyond, which has a strong impact on the choice of instrumentation for future experiments.