Dark Matter Searches
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- Pretzl, K. Space Sci Rev (2007) 130: 63. doi:10.1007/s11214-007-9151-0
According to our present knowledge the matter/energy budget of the universe consists of 74% dark energy, 22% dark matter and 4% ordinary (or so-called baryonic) matter. While the dark energy cannot be detected directly, searches for dark matter are performed with earth-bound and space-borne detection devices, assuming that the dark matter consists of weakly interacting massive particles, the so-called WIMPs. An overview of the present experimental situation is given.