Non-WIMP Candidates
Skip to main content
Open Access Publications from the University of California

UC Irvine

UC Irvine Previously Published Works bannerUC Irvine

Non-WIMP Candidates

Creative Commons 'BY' version 4.0 license

Non-WIMP dark matter candidates include particles motivated by minimality, candidates motivated by experimental anomalies, and exotic possibilities motivated primarily by the desire of clever iconoclasts to highlight how truly ignorant we are about the nature of dark matter. In this review, I discuss candidates that are not WIMPs, but nevertheless share the same theoretical motivations as WIMPs and also naturally have the correct relic density. There are two classes: superWIMP dark matter, where the desired relic density is inherited through decays, and WIMPless dark matter, where the dark matter's mass and couplings scale together to maintain the desired thermal relic density.

Many UC-authored scholarly publications are freely available on this site because of the UC's open access policies. Let us know how this access is important for you.

Main Content
For improved accessibility of PDF content, download the file to your device.
Current View