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Behind the Scenes of the Universe – From the Higgs to Dark Matter – Oxford U. Press (October 2013)

In this book, aimed at the general reader with an interest in science, the author illustrates in non-technical terms, borrowing concepts and ideas from other branches of art and literature, the far-reaching implications of this discovery. It has led to a worldwide race to identify the nature of this mysterious form of matter. We may be about to witness a pivotal paradigm shift in Physics, as we set out to test the existence of dark matter particles with a wide array of experiments, including the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, as well as with a new generation of Astroparticle experiments underground and in space.About the book: An extraordinary discovery has recently shaken the foundations of Cosmology and Particle Physics, sparking a scientific revolution that has profoundly modified our understanding of our Universe and that is still far from over. Pioneering astronomers in the 1920s and 1930s had already noticed suspicious anomalies in the motion of celestial bodies in distant galaxies and clusters of galaxies, but it wasn’t until the late 20th century that the scientific community was confronted with an astonishing conclusion: the Universe is filled with an unknown, elusive substance that is fundamentally different from anything we have ever seen with our telescopes or measured in our laboratories. It is called dark matter, and it constitutes one of the most pressing challenges of modern science.

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The book is also available in French (Dunod) and Dutch (Prometeus).


“We are living in the golden age of dark matter, where thousands of scientists around the globe are furiously competing to see who will discover the secret of dark matter first. World renowned physicist Gianfranco Bertone offers a unique perspective on this hunt, clearly explaining the evidence that dark matter exists and the various methods people are using to find it. In the world’s greatest ongoing reality show, Bertone is the perfect host. ” – Scott Dodelson, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory and the Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics

“An excellent overview of the quest to understand the mysterious nature of dark matter, the dominant constituent of matter in the Universe. Bertone, a leading researcher in this field, presents a comprehensive yet concise summary of the history and current status of this puzzle. The book provides a well-written, easily accessible introduction (without equations or technical jargon) to an extremely exciting frontier at the interface between cosmology and particle physics.” – Avi Loeb, Department of Astronomy, Harvard University

“Understanding the nature of the Universe is one of the most challenging tasks facing mankind, but in this book Gianfranco Bertone tackles the questions posed in a manner totally accessible to all with an interest in the area, from the layperson to the professional scientist. The reader is taken on an exciting journey through astronomy, particle astrophysics and cosmology. A book not to be missed! ” – James Hough, Institute for Gravitational Research, University of Glasgow



droppedImage_1Particle Dark Matter – Observations, Models and Searches

Cambridge U. Press (2010)


Book description:

Dark matter is among the most important open problems in modern physics. Aimed at graduate students and researchers, this book describes the theoretical and experimental aspects of the dark matter problem in particle physics, astrophysics and cosmology. Featuring contributions from 48 leading theorists and experimentalists, it presents many aspects, from astrophysical observations to particle physics candidates, and from the prospects for detection at colliders to direct and indirect searches. The book introduces observational evidence for dark matter along with a detailed discussion of the state-of-the-art of numerical simulations and alternative explanations in terms of modified gravity. It then moves on to the candidates arising from theories beyond the Standard Model of particle physics, and to the prospects for detection at accelerators. It concludes by looking at direct and indirect dark matter searches, and the prospects for detecting the particle nature of dark matter with astrophysical experiments.



G. Bertone, J. Silk, B. Moore, J. Diemand, J. Bullock, M. Kaplinghat, L. Strigari, Y. Mellier, D. Merritt, J. Bekenstein, G. Gelmini, P. Gondolo, J. Ellis, K. Olive, G. Servant, J. L. Feng, P. Sikivie, M. Shaposhnikov, T. Plehn, G. Polesello, M. Battaglia, M. E. Peskin, K. Kong, K. Matchev, F. Boudjema, J. Edsjö, D. G. Cerdeño, A. Green, R. Bernabei, P. Belli, N. Fornengo, G. Gerbier, J. Gascon, E. Aprile, L. Baudis, N. Spooner, S. Asztalos, L. Bergström, F. Halzen, D. Hooper, P. Salati, F. Donato, S. Profumo, P. Ullio, K. Jedamzik, M. Pospelov

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