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doi: 10.12942/lrr-2002-4
Living Rev. Relativity 5 (2002), 4

Experimental Searches for Dark Matter

1 Astrophysics Group, Blackett Laboratory, Imperial College, Prince Consort Road, London SW7 2BZ, U.K.

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There is now an enormously rich variety of experimental techniques being brought to bear on experimental searches for dark matter, covering a wide range of suggested forms for it. The existence of "dark matter", in some form or other, is inferred from a number of relatively simple observations and the problem has been known for over half a century. To explain "dark matter" is one of the foremost challenges today -- the answer will be of fundamental importance to cosmologists, astrophysicists, particle physicists, and general relativists. In this article, I will give a brief review of the observational evidence (concentrating on areas of current significant activity), followed by an equally brief summary of candidate solutions for the 'dark matter'. I will then discuss experimental searches, both direct and indirect. Finally, I will offer prospects for the future.

Keywords: experimental dark matter search

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ORIGINAL http://www.livingreviews.org/lrr-2002-4
Title Experimental Searches for Dark Matter
Author Timothy J. Sumner
Date accepted 16 April 2002, published 23 July 2002
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