Research report 2011 - Max Planck Institute for Physics

Search for Dark Matter with the CRESST Experiment

Seidel, Wolfgang
In spite of the convincing evidence for Dark Matter, up to now its nature couldn’t be clarified. Experiments for the direct detection of Dark Matter are concentrating mainly on the search for WIMPs (Weakly Interacting Massive Particles) which are presently the most favoured candidates for the composition of Dark Matter. The CRESST-Experiment is among these experiments using a novel, specially developed detector type. The first measurement period of the CRESST-Experiment lasted until mid of 2011. The results may be a first hint for the existence of light mass WIMPs.

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