Constraints on millicharged particles from cosmic-ray production

Ryan Plestid, Volodymyr Takhistov, Yu Dai Tsai, Torsten Bringmann, Alexander Kusenko, Maxim Pospelov

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We study cosmic-ray-atmosphere collisions as a permanent production source of exotic millicharged particles (MCPs) for all terrestrial experiments. [MCPs are also known as charged massive particles (CHAMPs).] Based on data from Super-K, this allows us to derive new limits on MCPs that are competitive with, or improve, the currently leading bounds from accelerator-based searches for masses up to 1.5 GeV. In models where a subdominant component of dark matter (DM) is fractionally charged, these constraints probe parts of the parameter space that is inaccessible for conventional direct-detection DM experiments, independently of assumptions about the DM abundance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number115032
JournalPhysical Review D
Issue number11
StatePublished - Dec 24 2020

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