Imperial College London


Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Physics

Professor of Experimental Astrophysics



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1108Blackett LaboratorySouth Kensington Campus






BibTex format

author = {Sumner, TJ},
doi = {10.12942/lrr-2002-4},
journal = {Living Reviews in Relativity},
title = {Experimental searches for dark matter},
url = {},
volume = {5},
year = {2002}

RIS format (EndNote, RefMan)

AB - 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 anequally 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.
AU - Sumner,TJ
DO - 10.12942/lrr-2002-4
PY - 2002///
SN - 1433-8351
TI - Experimental searches for dark matter
T2 - Living Reviews in Relativity
UR -
UR -
VL - 5
ER -