Is it possible to device an experiment to observe WIMPs ?

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  • 2 months ago
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    These particles have been speculated about for long enough, with no indication of such an experiment ever succeeding, so apparently not.

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    • neb
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      And one understanding is that supersymmetry is in deep doo-doo right now. Here’s hoping that the LHC will find them at higher energies .....

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  • 2 months ago

    Yes, they have been detected far below ground in Lead Tanks filled with liquids

    • neb
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      We should be clear that the moniker WIMPS refers to particles predicted by supersymmetry. They have not been detected. Neutrinos, while also weakly interacting but with very small mass, are not called WIMPS.

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  • 2 months ago

    Someone did devise a method to detect neutrinos (many decades ago) and neutrinos have been detected (many years ago).

    Neutrinos are particles that interact through the "Weak Nuclear Force" and neutrinos have a non-zero mass (even though it is extremely small). That makes them Weakly Interactive Massive Particles (WIMPs).

    Therefore, the answer to your question is yes.

    • neb
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      We should be clear that the moniker WIMPS refers to particles predicted by supersymmetry. They have not been detected. Neutrinos, while also weakly interacting but with very small mass, are not called WIMPS.

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  • 2 months ago

    Yes - a direct detection method was proposed by Goodman & Witten in 1985.  Since then there have been more suggestions and refinements, but no positive results.  The negative results enable us to constrain the properties that WIMPs must have, if they exist.

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  • 2 months ago

    No, because they don't exist.

    • It would seem so. But they may simply be beyond our means of detection.That leaves their status as indeterminate, maybe permanently.

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    If your Mall has benches use them.

    Device: a thing made or adapted for a particular purpose, especially a piece of mechanical or electronic equipment.

    Devise: plan or invent (a complex procedure, system, or mechanism) by careful thought.

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