These notes summarize the zoom-course on Strongly Interacting Massive Particle (SIMP) dark matter given at the Les Houches Summer School in the summer of 2021. An alternative title for this course would be ‘SIMPS, Cannibals and ELDERs’, where our focus is on high-point interactions amongst dark matter particles. The spirit of the course is to give students a taste of these exciting developments in dark matter, while primarily teaching tricks and methods that are tough to captivate when reading textbooks or papers. These notes are written in similar spirit: I will put emphasis on how quantities scale and how to perform back of the envelope estimates, which should serve to help you when you develop the next great dark matter idea.
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I thank the organisers of the Les Houches Summer School 2021 for inviting me to teach, and the students at the school, who made it so much fun. It was a true pleasure. I thank Mrunal Prashant Korwar for useful comments on the manuscript. I thank the Israel Science Foundation (grant No. 1112/17), the Binational Science Foundation (grant No. 2016155), the I-CORE Program of the Planning Budgeting Committee (grant No. 1937/12), and the Azrieli Foundation for their support.
Copyright Y. Hochberg.