The Picasso Experiment

The hunt for Neutralinos is open on three fronts:

Direct searches of dark matter neutralinos in underground laboratories, like PICASSO at SNOLAB, will be able to explore within the next 7 to 8 years a large fraction of the range of parameters, like neutralino mass and interaction probability, which are compatible with the cosmological constraints.


A new generation of ground and space based indirect search experiments will use annihilation from gravitationally bound WIMPS to search for the presence of dark matter in our galactic vicinity or in the sun's interior.

At the worlds largest particle accelerator, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN in Geneva, we will have the chance to discover dark matter particles in situ and if not, an improvement in limits on the allowed mass range will be extremely valuable.


We observe presently an increasing synergy and complementarity between astronomical observations, direct & indirect searches and experiments at accelerators, which makes this field of research one of the most fascinating in contemporary science.





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