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Dark Matter

The search for the dark matter that makes up 27% of all matter in the universe is a primary goal of the Mitchell Institute for Fundamental Physics and Astronomy. The search for dark matter particle is driven from the experimental side by groups using dedicated direct dark matter detection techniques. Rupak Mahapatra, Dave Toback and Nader Mirbolfathi use the CDMS experiment while Robert Webb works on the LUX experiments. Particle colliders have the potential to produce dark matter in collisions of known particles which enables the study of dark matter interactions. The group at Texas A&M uses the CMS experiment at CERN (Teruki Kamon) and CDF at Fermilab (Dave Toback) for these experiments. On the theoretical side, Bhaskar Dutta and Dmitri Nanopolous study different potential explanations of dark matter, and Louis Strigari works on simulations of dark matter large-scale structure in the universe. High energy physicists in this area work closely with astronomers Casey Papovich and Kim Vy Tran as astronomical observations also provide vital input.

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