weakly interacting massive particle

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Synonyms for weakly interacting massive particle

a hypothetical subatomic particle of large mass that interacts weakly with ordinary matter through gravitation

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WIMPs, or Weakly Interacting Massive Particles, were named in 1985 by Ohio State University professor of physics and astronomy Gary Steigman and Michael Turner, a physicist at the University of Chicago.
GLAST will also search for annihilation-line radiation from weakly interacting massive particles, known as WIMPs, which may account for the dark matter.
Weakly interacting massive particles (WIMPs), physicists' most popular dark particle candidate, are downright antisocial --they glide right past one another.
She deftly explains why physicists are hunting for weakly interacting massive particles, or WIMPs, rather than massive compact halo objects, or MACHOs (a true physics underdog story).
WIMPs, or Weakly Interacting Massive Particles, represent a favored class of dark matter candidates.
The leading theory says dark matter consists of weakly interacting massive particles, or WIMPs (S&T: January 2013, page 26).
Theoretical physicists have proposed that dark matter could come in the form of weakly interacting massive particles, or WIMPs, and have predicted how those particles might behave.
Physicists refer to these particles as WIMPS, for weakly interacting massive particles.
That would put the particle on the lightweight end of what's expected for weakly interacting massive particles (WIMPs), the current favorite for the universe's primary-yet-invisible matter constituent (January issue, page 26).
Theorists have proposed various new particles that could make up dark matter, including weakly interacting massive particles (WIMPs) predicted by supersymmetry and low-mass particles called axions.
So, in theory, any gamma ray bursts coming from colliding dark matter particles -- the Weakly Interacting Massive particles (WIMPs) -- should be clearly visible.
Hence their name: weakly interacting massive particles, or WIMPS (an acronym that predated, and inspired, MACHOS).