The Past and Future of Light Dark Matter Direct Detection

  title={The Past and Future of Light Dark Matter Direct Detection},
  author={Jonathan H. Davis},
  journal={arXiv: High Energy Physics - Phenomenology},
  • Jonathan H. Davis
  • Published 12 June 2015
  • Physics
  • arXiv: High Energy Physics - Phenomenology
We review the status and future of direct searches for light dark matter. We start by answering the question: `Whatever happened to the light dark matter anomalies?' i.e. the fate of the potential dark matter signals observed by the CoGeNT, CRESST-II, CDMS-Si and DAMA/LIBRA experiments. We discuss how the excess events in the first two of these experiments have been explained by previously underestimated backgrounds. For DAMA we summarise the progress and future of mundane explanations for the… 

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