Review of direct Dark Matter searches.
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III - Astrofisica
Aula 32B-3 - Venerdì 21 h 15:30 - 18:30
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Astronomical and cosmological observations indicate that a large fraction of the energy content of the Universe is composed of cold dark matter. Recently, increasingly detailed studies of the cosmic microwave background anisotropies have inferred the abundance of dark matter with remarkable precision at (26.0 $\pm$ 0.5)%. One of the most favored particle candidates, under the generic name of Weakly Interacting Massive Particles (WIMPs), arises naturally in many theories beyond the Standard Model of particle physics, such as supersymmetry, universal extra dimensions, or little Higgs models. In this talk we will review the most sensitive experimental techniques for the direct detection of WIMP, and present a summary of the results of the various experiments in the field.