Regular Article - Experimental Physics
Simplified models vs. effective field theory approaches in dark matter searches
SISSA and INFN Sezione di Trieste, via Bonomea 265, 34136, Trieste, Italy
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Accepted: 2 June 2016
Published online: 2 July 2016
In this review we discuss and compare the usage of simplified models and Effective Field Theory (EFT) approaches in dark matter searches. We provide a state of the art description on the subject of EFTs and simplified models, especially in the context of collider searches for dark matter, but also with implications for direct and indirect detection searches, with the aim of constituting a common language for future comparisons between different strategies. The material is presented in a form that is as self-contained as possible, so that it may serve as an introductory review for the newcomer as well as a reference guide for the practitioner.
© The Author(s), 2016