Special Issue "Asymmetric and Symmetric Dark Matter"

A special issue of Symmetry (ISSN 2073-8994). This special issue belongs to the section "Physics".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2023 | Viewed by 210

Special Issue Editors

Tsung-Dao Lee Institute (TDLI) & School of Physics and Astronomy, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, 800 Dongchuan Road, Shanghai 200240, China
Interests: cosmology; particle astrophysics; axions
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Dr. Basabendu Barman
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Guest Editor
Institute of Theoretical Physics, Faculty of Physics, University of Warsaw, ul. Pasteura 5, 02-093 Warsaw, Poland
Interests: dark matter phenomenology and its collider prospects

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Dark matter has affected the properties and the expansion rate of the Universe throughout its history, yet this mysterious component is still unexplained. Its discovery would significantly advance our understanding of the law of physics and the fate of the cosmos. As conventional dark matter candidates fail to be observed in laboratories, we urge researchers to apply new ideas to address this open question.

As such, one can gain inspiration from the asymmetry between the number densities of particles and antiparticles, which is manifest in the present Universe. It is reasonable to ask whether the asymmetry that is present in the visible sector also lurks in the invisible component of the Universe, which might comprise dark matter and other undiscovered particles. A possible hint at this relation is the fact that the baryonic and dark components have a comparable share in the matter budgets, with the mass of dark matter amounting to about five times that of visible matter.

The aim of the present Special Issue is to underline the role of asymmetric dark matter models in all aspects of their searches, spanning from model building to cosmological and astrophysical signatures, as well as the phenomenological implications of a direct detection and prospects in colliders.

We are soliciting contributions (research and review articles) covering a broad range of topics on asymmetric dark matter, including (though not limited to) the following:

  • Model building involving asymmetric dark matter;
  • Direct and indirect searches for asymmetric dark matter;
  • Current and future collider signatures;
  • Cosmological modeling with asymmetric dark matter;
  • Indirect probes of the dark sector.

Dr. Luca Visinelli
Dr. Basabendu Barman
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • cosmology
  • dark matter
  • asymmetric dark matter
  • direct and indirect detection
  • model building
  • dark radiation
  • collider signatures
  • indirect probes of the dark sector
  • axions
  • weakly interacting massive particles
  • hidden sectors, dark photon

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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