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Dark matter search at LHC

Grant number: 16/50013-0
Support type:Regular Research Grants
Duration: August 01, 2016 - July 31, 2018
Field of knowledge:Physical Sciences and Mathematics - Physics
Cooperation agreement: Imperial College, UK
Mobility Program: SPRINT - Projetos de pesquisa - Mobilidade
Principal Investigator:Sergio Ferraz Novaes
Grantee:Sergio Ferraz Novaes
Principal investigator abroad: Oliver Buchmuleler
Institution abroad: Imperial College London, England
Home Institution: Núcleo de Computação Científica (NCC). Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP). Campus de São Paulo. São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Associated research grant:13/01907-0 - São Paulo Research and Analysis Center, AP.TEM

Abstract

The search for dark matter is one of the most relevant and challenging topics of the physics research. Up to now, there is only cosmological indirect evidence of the existence of dark matter in the Universe. Evidence from non-cosmological sources would strengthen the case for dark matter, providing independent confirmation of its existence. The Large Hadron Collider experiments are able to contribute to the search of this elusive particle. The CMS collaboration has a well-established program to investigate the production of mono-X events, where the single particle X is accompanied by a large amount of missing transverse energy. Evidence of an excess of mono-X events over those predicted by the standard model could indicate the production of dark matter; the interpretation of a positive result could shed light on the nature of the physics beyond the standard model. (AU)