weakly interacting massive particle

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weakly interacting massive particle (plural weakly interacting massive particles)

  1. (astronomy, physics) A hypothetical class of particle, proposed to explain the dark matter problem.

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There are two definitions for WIMPs, one where "weakly interacting" signifies weak nuclear force, a fundamental force of nature, and the other where "weakly interacting" signifies low strength interaction with normal matter such as only interacting through gravitational force.

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  • WIMP (abbreviation)

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