publication . Article . Preprint . Other literature type . 2018

arXiv : Exponentially Light Dark Matter from Coannihilation

D’Agnolo, Raffaele; Mondino, Cristina; Ruderman, Joshua; Wang, Po-Jen;
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  • Published: 07 Mar 2018 Journal: Journal of High Energy Physics, volume 2,018 (eissn: 1029-8479, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Springer Science and Business Media LLC
Dark matter may be a thermal relic whose abundance is set by mutual annihilations among multiple species. Traditionally, this coannihilation scenario has been applied to weak scale dark matter that is highly degenerate with other states. We show that coannihilation among states with split masses points to dark matter that is exponentially lighter than the weak scale, down to the keV scale. We highlight the regime where dark matter does not participate in the annihilations that dilute its number density. In this "sterile coannihilation" limit, the dark matter relic density is independent of its couplings, implying a broad parameter space of thermal relic targets ...
arXiv: Astrophysics::Cosmology and Extragalactic Astrophysics
free text keywords: hep-ph, Particle Physics - Phenomenology, Nuclear and High Energy Physics, Particle physics, Light dark matter, Quantum electrodynamics, Physics, Thermal, Beyond Standard Model, Cosmology of Theories beyond the SM, Nuclear and particle physics. Atomic energy. Radioactivity, QC770-798, High Energy Physics - Phenomenology
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