What do the results from the IceCube Neutrino Detector teach us about Dark Matter?
Degree GrantorUniversity of Canterbury
Degree LevelPostgraduate Certificate
Degree NamePostgraduate Certificate in Antarctic Studies
Cosmological measurements have revealed that matter familiar to us makes up onlyapproximately 5% of the energy density of our universe. The remainder has been labelledDark Matter (about 26%) and Dark Energy (the rest). This paper summarises how theIceCube Neutrino Observatory situated at the South Pole is being used to search for directevidence of Dark Matter. Supersymmetry (SUSY) models are regarded as the mostpromising extensions of the Standard Model, and the paper describes the tests of SUSYpredictions for the annihilation of Dark Matter in the core of the sun. The lack of anobservable signal is used to constrain the set of values for free parameters within the SUSYmodel. IceCube's results complement those from other experiments which use differentdetectors for Dark Matter interactions, and together are placing meaningful constraintsupon the most promising SUSY models.
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