Direct detection of self-interacting dark matter

Mark Vogelsberger, Jesus Zavala

Rannsóknarafurð: Framlag til fræðitímaritsGreinritrýni

53 Tilvitnanir (Scopus)


Self-interacting darkmatter offers an interesting alternative to collisionless darkmatter because of its ability to preserve the large-scale success of the cold dark matter model, while seemingly solving its challenges on small scales. We present here the first study of the expected dark matter detection signal in a fully cosmological context taking into account different selfscattering models for dark matter. We demonstrate that models with constant and velocitydependent cross-sections, which are consistent with observational constraints, lead to distinct signatures in the velocity distribution, because non-thermalized features found in the cold dark matter distribution are thermalized through particle scattering. Depending on the model, selfinteraction can lead to a 10 per cent reduction of the recoil rates at high energies, corresponding to a minimum speed that can cause recoil larger than 300 km s-1, compared to the cold dark matter case. At lower energies these differences are smaller than 5 per cent for all models. The amplitude of the annual modulation signal can increase by up to 25 per cent, and the day of maximum amplitude can shift by about two weeks with respect to the cold dark matter expectation. Furthermore, the exact day of phase reversal of the modulation signal can also differ by about a week between the different models. In general, models with velocitydependent cross-sections peaking at the typical velocities of dwarf galaxies lead only to minor changes in the detection signals, whereas allowed constant cross-section models lead to significant changes. We conclude that different self-interacting dark matter scenarios might be distinguished from each other through the details of direct detection signals. Furthermore, detailed constraints on the intrinsic properties of dark matter based on null detections should take into account the possibility of self-scattering and the resulting effects on the detector signal.

Upprunalegt tungumálEnska
Síður (frá-til)1722-1735
FræðitímaritMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Númer tölublaðs3
ÚtgáfustaðaÚtgefið - 11 apr. 2013


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