Mitchell Institute for Fundamental Physics & Astronomy
College Station, Texas 77843
Direct and indirect dark matter searches are rapidly improving in sensitivity, probing well-motivated models of new physics. In order to extract robust limits and confirm possible signals of particle dark matter, it is crucial to understand dark matter density and velocity distributions. In this talk Dr. Strigari will review how the macroscopic distribution of dark matter affects particle dark matter searches, focusing on interpretation of recent results from Xenon 100, CDMS, and Fermi-LAT. I will close by discussing the astrophysical evidence for exotic dark matter physics, in the form of deviations from the standard cold dark matter scenario, from the measurements of the density profiles and the population of low mass galaxies.