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Partners: CNRS, INFN, FAU, CERN (+ collaborators: University of Manchester, Lund University)

Project description

The Dark Matter Test Science Project (TSP) operated within the European Science Cluster of Astronomy and Particle physics ESFRI research infrastructures (ESCAPE) project.

This project was a collaboration between scientists in European Research Infrastructures and experiments seeking to explain the nature of dark matter (such as HL-LHC, KM3NeT, CTA, DarkSide). The goal of this Science Project was to highlight the synergies between different dark matter communities and experiments, by producing new scientific results as well as by making the necessary data and software tools fully available. 

Many of the European Research Infrastructures within ESCAPE have experiments that are searching for Dark Matter.  There is a clear complementarity between these experiments under a variety of dark matter hypotheses. Connecting results and potential discoveries from different experiments requires the engagement of all scientific communities involved – astrophysics, particle physics and nuclear physics – as already recommended within the update of the European Strategy of Particle Physics.

Technical challenge

Besides the interpretation of results in terms of dark matter theories, synergies also exist between different communities and experiments in the tools needed to produce those results, in particular in terms of data management, data analysis and computing.

ESCAPE researchers funded by EOSC-Future have developed a Virtual Research Environment (VRE) that takes full advantage of these synergies. The VRE hosts both FAIR data and software, so that data analyses from different experiments can be executed in full.

The EOSC Future added value

The following lists the services developed by ESCAPE that are essential to this science environment and are contributed to EOSC Future:

Main results

Other resources

VRE demo: