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The dark matter of gravitational lensing

Massey, Richard and Kitching, Thomas D. and Richard, Johan (2010) The dark matter of gravitational lensing. Annual Review of Astronomy and Astrophysics, 48 . pp. 495-545. ISSN 0066-4146. doi:10.1146/annurev-astro-082708-101659.

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The identity of dark matter is a question of central importance in both astrophysics and particle physics. In the past, the leading particle candidates were cold and collisionless, and typically predicted missing energy signals at particle colliders. However, recent progress has greatly expanded the list of well-motivated candidates and the possible signatures of dark matter. This review begins with a brief summary of the standard model of particle physics and its outstanding problems. We then discuss several dark matter candidates motivated by these problems, including WIMPs, superWIMPs, light gravitinos, hidden dark matter, sterile neutrinos, and axions. For each of these, we critically examine the particle physics motivations and present their expected production mechanisms, basic properties, and implications for direct and indirect detection, particle colliders, and astrophysical observations. Upcoming experiments will discover or exclude many of these candidates, and progress may open up an era of unprecedented synergy between studies of the largest and smallest observable length scales.

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Additional Information:Copyright 2016 Annual Reviews. Volume publication date September 2010. I am grateful to my colleagues and collaborators at UC Irvine and elsewhere for their many valuable insights. I also thank the participants of the Keck Institute for Space Studies program “Shedding Light on the Nature of Dark Matter” for stimulating interactions, and Alex Kusenko, David Sanford, and Hai-Bo Yu for comments on this manuscript. This work was supported in part by NSF Grant No. PHY–0653656.
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