ETHOS: a framework for structure formation with non-gravitational dark matter interactions

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The standard structure formation model is based on the Cold Dark Matter (CDM) hypothesis where non-gravitational dark matter interactions are irrelevant for the formation and evolution of galaxies. Surprisingly, current observations allow for significant departures from the CDM hypothesis,

which could potentially leave signatures of the dark matter particle nature in the properties of galaxies. In this talk, I will describe a framework we have proposed that generalizes the theory of structure formation (in both the linear and non-linear regimes) to include new dark matter physics in order to explore galaxy formation and evolution in the broadest sense.