The nature of dark matter (DM) remains one of the most intriguing unsolved questions of modern physics. Astrophysical and cosmological observations suggest that DM accounts for roughly 27% of the mass-energy of the universe, with dark energy comprising 68% and ordinary baryonic matter as described by the Standard Model accounting for a paltry 5%. This massive hole in our understanding of the universe continues to drive multiple experimental searches for DM both in the laboratory and in space. No clear evidence for DM has yet been found, severely constraining the parameter space of the most popular “thermal” DM models.

Details are in the CERN Courier link: