Dark matter lecture, spring 2014


About 80% of the matter in the universe cannot be explained in terms of ordinary, baryonic matter. This lecture gives an overview of evidence for this "dark" component, current theoretical ideas to explain its so far obscure nature, as well as strategies to test them.



The lecture is mainly intended for Master and PhD students but everybody else who is interested is of course also very welcome to join. There are no formal requirements, but some background knowledge in cosmology and quantum field theory/particle physics will be needed to take full advantage of the classes.


Where and when?

  • Physics building, seminar room Ø467 
  • Thursday, 2.15 - 4.00 pm (roughly bi-weekly)



NB: This schedule is preliminary and will be adjusted according to progress and demand -- so please check regularly for updates! Dates in italic are on a Friday rather than Thursday.

  6.2. introduction, mini-review big bang cosmology +BBN [script | slides]
  21.2. direct observational evidence "today" [script | slides]
  6.3. evidence from structure formation [script | slides | movies]
  21.3. evidence from CMB and summary: properties of dark matter [script | slides | movies 1 2 3]
  10.4. Cold thermal relics: chemical & kinetic decoupling of WIMPs [script | slides]

SUSY (and extra-dimensional) WIMP-candidates  [script | slides]

  2.5. WIMPs (cont.) [script | slides]
  16.5. Non-WIMP candidates. Indirect DM searches  [script | slides]

Astrophysical probes  [script | slides]



  • cosmology in general: 
    e.g. S. Weinberg, Cosmology, Oxford university press (2008);
    L. Bergström & A. Goobar, Cosmology and Particle Astrophysics, Springer (2006).
  • dark matter:
    G. Bertone (Ed.), Particle Dark Matter, Cambridge University Press (2010);
    G. Bertone, D. Hooper & J. Silk, Particle dark matter: Evidence, candidates and constraints, Phys.Rept. 405, 279 (2005) [pdf].
  • more specific references
    will be provided during the corresponding classes (see lecture notes)


Any further questions? Just let me know: torsten.bringmann_at_fys.uio.no!

Published Jan. 10, 2014 2:29 PM - Last modified July 29, 2014 10:42 AM