Abstract

Since the discovery of dark matter, multiple experiments have been set up to detect dark matter particles through some other interaction than gravity--despite the fact that the only available evidence for dark matter's existence is through its gravitational effects. I show that the justifications for why these experiments should be able to detect dark matter take on a different structure than what is often the case in experimental practice. By illuminating this 'method-driven logic', I shed new light on questions surrounding complementarity and measurement robustness in context of dark matter research.