publication . Article . Preprint . 2014

Analysis of the theoretical bias in dark matter direct detection

Riccardo Catena;
Open Access English
  • Published: 30 Sep 2014
  • Publisher: Institute of Physics Publishing/SISSA
  • Country: Germany
Fitting the model "A" to dark matter direct detection data, when the model that underlies the data is "B", introduces a theoretical bias in the fit. We perform a quantitative study of the theoretical bias in dark matter direct detection, with a focus on assumptions regarding the dark matter interactions, and velocity distribution. We address this problem within the effective theory of isoscalar dark matter-nucleon interactions mediated by a heavy spin-1 or spin-0 particle. We analyze 24 benchmark points in the parameter space of the theory, using frequentist and Bayesian statistical methods. First, we simulate the data of future direct detection experiments assu...
free text keywords: dark matter theory; dark matter experiments;, High Energy Physics - Phenomenology, Astronomy and Astrophysics, Particle physics, Dark energy, Weakly interacting massive particles, Dark fluid, Scalar field dark matter, Physics, Hot dark matter, Dark matter, Light dark matter, Physics beyond the Standard Model
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