Bosonic super-WIMPs as keV-scale dark matter

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Abstract

We consider models of light superweakly interacting cold dark matter, with O(10-100)keV mass, focusing on bosonic candidates such as pseudoscalars and vectors. We analyze the cosmological abundance, the γ background created by particle decays, the impact on stellar processes due to cooling, and the direct-detection capabilities in order to identify classes of models that pass all the constraints. In certain models, variants of photoelectric (or axioelectric) absorption of dark matter in direct-detection experiments can provide a sensitivity to the superweak couplings to the standard model which is superior to all existing indirect constraints. In all models studied, the annual modulation of the direct-detection signal is at the currently unobservable level of O(10-5).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number115012
JournalPhysical Review D - Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology
Volume78
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2008

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