It is generally accepted that over 80% of all matter in the universe
is "dark" and non-baryonic - very likely constituted of new stable relic
particles arising in theories beyond the Standard Model. The
identification of the dark matter is one of the most challenging open
problems today in physics. These lectures will emphasise the
multi-disciplinary aspects of dark matter research.
Lecture 1 will cover
the evidence from galactic dynamics and growth of cosmological
perturbations, as well as present plausible particle candidates, while
Lecture 2 will focus on direct detection of dark matter using
underground nuclear recoil experiments, and indirect detection of
gamma-rays, cosmic rays and neutrinos from dark matter
decays/annihilations in astrophysical environments.