How blind are underground and surface detectors to strongly interacting dark matter

@article{Emken2018HowBA,
  title={How blind are underground and surface detectors to strongly interacting dark matter},
  author={Timon Emken and C. Kouvaris},
  journal={Physical Review D},
  year={2018},
  volume={97},
  pages={115047}
}
Above a critical dark matter-nucleus scattering cross section any terrestrial direct detection experiment loses sensitivity to dark matter, since the Earth crust, atmosphere, and potential shielding layers start to block off the dark matter particles. This critical cross section is commonly determined by describing the average energy loss of the dark matter particles analytically. However, this treatment overestimates the stopping power of the Earth crust. Therefore the obtained bounds should… Expand

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