Flavored Dark Matter: Direct Detection and Collider Signals

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I will present a class of models in which the dark matter particle carries flavor quantum numbers, and has renormalizable contact interactions with Standard Model fields. In particular, I will focus on models where the dark matter flavor is identified with lepton flavor in the Standard Model. The region of parameter space where the dark matter has the right abundance to be a thermal relic is accessible at current direct detection experiments. A full simulation of the signal and backgrounds, including detector effects, shows that in a significant part of parameter space these theories can be discovered above Standard Model backgrounds at the LHC. Further, flavor and charge correlations among the final state leptons might allow models of this type to be distinguished from theories where dark matter couples to leptons but does not carry flavor.